Research Nurse, Barrow Neurological Institute
Research Nurse Clinician
Gale Kittle, RN, MPH is the research nurse coordinator for the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) site of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Center (AAC). In addition to this role, she provides leadership in outreach to underserved communities and edits the AAC newsletter for research participants. She is also a founding member of the Phoenix Caregiver Cooperative Group and recently received a grant to provide educational workshops to Latino family caregivers.
Gale obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community health nursing from the University of Arizona. She has practiced neuroscience nursing for 20 years, with experience in acute, intensive and outpatient care as well as clinical research. Previous to coordinating the ADC research study, Gale was the Program Coordinator of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at BNI, where she developed, managed and evaluated programs for patients and caregivers. In this role, Gale developed and implemented Ali Care, a statewide program that provides prescription medication and other support services to underserved people with Parkinson’s disease. As a consultant with the National Parkinson Foundation, she developed, wrote and edited patient educational publications, facilitated the NPF Publications Committee and served on the Editorial Board. A recipient of the NPF Leadership Award in 2005, she continues to serve on the NPF Center of Excellence Review Board.
Gale has presented at national and international conferences on topics such as nursing issues, family caregiving and health literacy. She contributed a chapter on nursing care for neurodegenerative diseases for a nursing textbook, scheduled for publication in 2007. Her primary interests include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, health literacy and underserved family caregivers.
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