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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: Medical sociology, aging, social psychology

Brandon Berry is a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow. He is mentored by Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano. Trained in naturalistic social psychology using ethnographic methods, he conducts research on the social dynamics around memory loss and cognitive decline. 

In previous work, he examined the social process by which family members attempt to minimize bouts of confusion and maintain relative lucidity. Describing this practice as cognitive support work, he investigates how families use it to complement formal symptom management efforts. In other work, he and co-authors examined how families manage functional decline across the progression of dementia. Recently, he began a project investigating the behavioral symptoms of dementia using a Web-based technique for collecting observations. He is currently working on a book manuscript investigating the social psychology of losing material possessions.

In 2012, Berry earned a Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. From 2012 to 2013, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University’s Center for Aging and Human Development.