Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care
Director, UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging
Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Neurosciences
Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist, who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. He is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has published over 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 12 books, including Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging (2009), Prevention in Mental Health (2011), and Positive Psychiatry (2015). He was listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and in the Institute for Scientific Information’s list of the “world's most cited authors”--comprising fewer than 0.5% of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades. His work has been featured in popular media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, National Public Radio, PBS, Public Radio International, London Times, and the Colbert Report, among others. Dr. Jeste obtained his medical education in Pune and Mumbai, India. In the USA, he completed psychiatry residency at Cornell University, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a researcher at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UCSD. Starting with just one fellow, he developed a geriatric psychiatry program at UCSD and San Diego VA; today it is one of the largest Geriatric Psychiatry Divisions anywhere, with major clinical, research, and training components. In addition to serving as Chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at UCSD, he is the director of two institutes focused on of aging (Stein Institute for Research on Aging and Hartford Center for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry) and the newly launched UCSD Center for Healthy Aging (2014). Dr. Jeste has been widely recognized for his contributions to the scientific community. As the American Psychiatric Association’s President during 2012-13, Dr. Jeste spearheaded the process of finalization, approval, and publication of the DSM-5. He also expanded APA’s international membership, and focused on Positive Psychiatry. He has received many awards including those from the NIMH, VA, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Institute of Living, and the Asian Heritage Society. He is a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including the Institute of Medicine. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Under Dr. Jeste’s leadership, the journal became the top publication in the field, in terms of the impact factor, and number of submissions and downloads.
Deborah Kado, MD, MS
Deputy Director of Clinical Research & Education
Deborah Kado, MD, MS is Associate Professor in the Departments of Family & Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is a specialist in the fields of geriatric and internal medicine. As a clinician researcher, she is internationally recognized in her field of expertise which is hyperkyphosis, or increased thoracic curvature, known commonly as the dowager's hump. Her clinical specialty is in osteoporosis and she sees patients with this condition and other related metabolic bone diseases through the Division of Endocrinology.
Dr. Kado is a native of Northern California. She graduated Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College and obtained her MD from Cornell University Medical College. She then completed internal medicine residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and 4 years of fellowship training, first in clinical research at UCSF, followed by obtaining a masters of science degree in epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health and clinical specialty training in geriatrics at UCLA. She served on the UCLA faculty in geriatrics and orthopaedic surgery from July 2000 through July 2012 until joining UC San Diego in August 2012.
Danielle Glorioso, LCSW
Danielle K. Glorioso is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been a member of the UCSD Division of Geriatric Psychiatry since 2001. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging. Ms. Glorioso provides leadership and direct oversight of Center operations including strategic planning, organizational development, community outreach, training, philanthropy, communications and marketing. She is also a certified complicated grief therapist and is active in a number of community organizations.
A'verria Martin, PhD
Director of Research
A'verria Martin, PhD, oversees the research and development of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging and its 120 faculty members. Dr. Martin's responsibilities include developing and implementing strategic plans; assisting with research development; evaluating, administering and overseeing pilot projects; collaborating with colleagues around grant writing; identifying, hiring, and training new research personnel; supervision and evaluation of key staff and personnel. In addition, she is involved in continued direct coordination of the SAGE study. Dr. Martin has been recognized as a 2016-17 UC San Diego Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award recipient.
Julie Avanzino serves as Program Representative for the Center for Healthy Aging. She manages the student training programs including Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) and High School Student Training in Aging Research (HS STAR), supports ongoing efforts of the Center’s Healthy Aging Initiative, and works with the Community Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Center for Healthy Aging, she managed local operations in a large multi-site clinical trial and coordinated several other research studies. Ms. Avanzino received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2013, magna cum laude, with honors in human development.
Public Relations and Events Manager
Maja Gawronska is responsible for the development of the Center’s communications portfolio. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the national Successful Aging newsletter.