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Iris Wernher, Dipl.-Psych.
Iris Wernher, Dipl.-Psych.

 

Tel: 503-725-5236
E-mail: wernher@pdx.edu
Office: URBN 470L

Education

University diploma in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych., 2004, equivalent to MS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Research Interests

Age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities; community-based approaches to dementia care and caregiver support; aging in place; global aging; aging, health, and disease as cultural constructs; aging in developing countries; intercultural health communications; the role of technology in aging societies; Ambient Assisted Living; applications of GIS in health and social sciences.

Current Projects

Iris is working toward her PhD in Urban Studies, with a special interest in gerontology and community health planning. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute on Aging where she is actively involved in the "Age-Friendly Portland" initiative. In the past, Iris has assisted with the coordination and preparation of the service-learning program "Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua." Owing to her professional experience as a clinical psychologist and counselor in dementia care, Iris is a passionate advocate for people living with dementia and their informal carers. For example, she recently worked with Dr. Margaret Neal on a study to evaluate the efficacy of a community-based intervention to reduce sundowning symptoms in people with late-stage dementia and the perceived stress of their care partners. In the context of her dissertation, Iris is interested in ecological approaches to making cities and communities more "dementia friendly."

Teaching

  • AGE 558 Perspectives on Aging
  • PHE 354U Social Gerontology

Publications

  • Neal, M. B., Cannon, M., DeLaTorre, A., Bolkan, C. R., Wernher, I., Nolan, E., & ... Brown Wilson, K. (2017). Addressing the needs of Nicaraguan older adults living on the edge: A university–community partnership in international service-learning. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 38(1), 119-138. doi:10.1080/02701960.2016.1259161
  • Wernher, I., & Lipsky, M. S. (2015). Psychological theories of aging. Disease-A-Month, 61(11), 480-488. doi:10.1016/j.disamonth.2015.09.004
  • Neal, M. B., & Wernher, I. (2014). Evaluating your Age-Friendly Community program: A step-by-step guide. [Prepared for AARP's Public Policy Institute as part of AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit].
  • Wernher, I., Bjerregaard, F., Tinsel, I., Bleich, C., Boczor, S., Kloppe, T., Scherer, M., Härter, M., Niebling, W., König, H.-H., & Hüll, M. (2014). Collaborative treatment of late-life depression in primary care (GermanIMPACT): Study protocol of a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15(1), 351. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-351.
  • Wernher, I., & Hüll, M. (2011). [Dementia diagnostics: What’s the ideal screening approach?] Demenz: Was ist die optimale Screening-Diagnostik? Neuro aktuell, 25(4), 31-33. Hüll, M., & Wernher, I. (2010). [Psychosocial interventions and caregiver support.] Psychosoziale Interventionen und Angehörigenverfahren. Der Nervenarzt, 81(7), 823-826. doi:10.1007/s00115-010-3001-0.
  • Wernher, I., & Hüll, M. (2010). [Continuing Medical Education CME: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. A focus on depression, anxiety, apathy, and irritability.] CME: Psychische und Verhaltenssymptome bei Demenz. Depression, Ängstlichkeit, Apathie und Reizbarkeit im Fokus. Der Neurologe & Psychiater, 11(9), 37-43.
  • Wernher, I., Metternich, B., & Hüll, M. (2009). [Psychological and behavioral dysfunctions in dementia.] Störungen des Erlebens und Verhaltens bei Demenzen. Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, up2date, 3(3), 149-164.
  • Wernher, I., & Nerb, J. (2007). [Internet and self-concept. A comparison of self- and group-oriented cultures.] Internet und Selbstkonzept. Ein Vergleich zwischen Ich- und Wir-orientierten Kulturkreisen. Saarbrücken: VDM.

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