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Dr. Rita Jablonski combines clinical research with clinical practice to offer the best service to people with dementia and their caregivers. She started her career as a nursing assistant. For the past 30 years, she has provided care to persons with dementia across multiple settings. Dr. Jablonski maintains a current clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in a Memory Disorders Clinic. She also provides training to EMTs, paramedics, and law enforcement through her partnership with the Mid-Alabama Area Agency on Aging’s PANDA project.


  • BSN from Holy Family College
  • MSN from La Salle University
  • Post-masters Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • PhD from the University of Virginia

Professional Memberships and Certification

  • Fellow, American Gerontological Society
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • Board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialling Center

Dementia Research Funding

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (2018-2021)
  • Department of Defense (2016-2019):
  • National Institutes of Health (2007-2015)
  • Brookdale Foundation (2009-2011)


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