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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Brandon Berry, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral scholar
Specialty: Family process around dementia, aphasia and hearing loss

Brandon Berry is a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow. He conducts research with the guidance of Assistant Professor Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano in the area of dementia caregiving, aphasia and hearing loss. Berry's dementia research identifies the informal ways family members distinguish between normal and abnormal mental decline. He also examines how family members try to reduce moments of confusion and disorientation in individuals with dementia.

In 2012, Berry earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology at UCLA. Following his dissertation, he conducted a study investigating dementia as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University School of Medicine’s Center for Aging and Human Development.

Prior to joining the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Berry was an adjunct professor at Occidental College. He was also a research assistant for several sociological studies with Jack Katz, sociology professor at UCLA. In 2012, Berry published “Reflections of Self from Missing Things: How People Move on from Losing Possessions” in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.