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Pamela A. Saunders, PhD

Associate Professor and Program Director Aging & Health Program Georgetown University

Director, Geriatrics Clerkship, and Programs Chair @ CENTILE


Pamela A. Saunders, PhD is an associate professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Georgetown University. With a doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown, her research focuses on empathy, language, aging, doctor/patient communication, narrative and reflective writing, and standardized patient education.

She has spent the last 29 years conducting research and teaching. Her research portfolio includes funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institute on Aging, the Hartford Foundation and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

She serves in several leadership roles including director of the geriatrics clerkship and longitudinal thread in Aging & Geriatrics. She co-founded the geriatrics curriculum in 2003 at Georgetown’s School of Medicine with funding from the Hartford Foundation. In addition, she teaches reflective writing and Mind-Body Medicine skills to medical and graduate students. Courses include gerontology, reflective writing, research methods, and ageism.

Dr. Saunders is the Founding Director of the Aging & Health Program offering certificates and a Master of Science in Aging & Health (