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Michael Skrajner Director, Research and Program Development
As a senior member of the Hearthstone Institute Faculty, Mike trains professionals and care providers on many of Hearhstone's innovative methodologies including Montessori-inspired Activity Programming (MAP) ® and Procedural Interval Learning (PIL) ® . He has also co-authored more than seven peer-reviewed articles on these topics.

Throughout his career Mike has managed federally and privately funded research projects. He has conducted
research on a wide variety of dementia related topics including:
•  Medication adherence intervention delivered via videophone to HIV positive persons in rural, urban,
   and suburban areas of the United States.
•  The implementation of Montessori-Based Activities in nursing homes, assisted living facilities,
    and adult day centers.
•  Programming that allows persons with early stage dementia to lead Montessori-based activities.




Gregg Gorzelle Associate Director of Research
Gregg has extensive experience in non-pharmacological and clinical gerontological research, as well as the I’m Still Here approach. Since coming to Hearthstone in January of 2013, Gregg has managed an NIH-funded study called the Hearthside Book Club Study, in addition to assuming numerous departmental administration and grant writing duties.

Gregg has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, a manual on dementia programming, and a book chapter on assessment of persons with dementia. He has managed both federal and privately funded grants over the past 14 years. His favorite part of being a Hearthstone team member is the fact that we make a difference in the lives of persons with dementia every single day.




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