Maria P. Aranda

Expert in mental health and caregiver issues relating to older adults

Executive director of the USC Edward E. Roybal Institute on Aging

Associate Professor of Social Work and Gerontology


  • Mental health issues relating to older adults and persons aging with disabilities
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Caregiver/family stress issues relating to adults and elderly
  • Psychosocial issues and family caregiving
  • Cultural diversity issues in health and mental health

Additional Information

  • National expert on the study of adults living with medical, functional, and psychiatric illnesses with special focus on sociobehavioral clinical trials, geriatric workforce development, Alzheimer’s research, family caregiving, and cultural/linguistic adaptations of evidence-based interventions
  • Developed the first Spanish-language support group for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Served on four consensus committees of the National Academy of Sciences that informed national policies on geriatric workforce development, family caregiving to older adults, and assessments of financial and functional capacity of Social Security Administration beneficiaries
  • Research funded by major institutions including the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, The John A. Hartford Foundation/The Gerontological Society of America, the National Institute of Rehabilitation and Research, the Alzheimer’s Association/Health Resources and Services Administration, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and the California Community Foundation.
  • Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America
  • Expert on the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel
  • Recipient of over 15 awards from several prominent health organizations
  • Over 30 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker
  • Joint appointment at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology


  • Spanish

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