Jan Dougherty

MS, RN, FAAN

Dementia Care, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Director, Family and Community Services


Jan Dougherty is Family and Community Services Director at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, Arizona where she is responsible for setting a new standard of care for dementia patients and their families through development and implementation of innovative programs including early stage programming, arts and dementia, and an array of caregiver education programs. She directs the Native American Outreach Program raising awareness about dementia, evaluating culturally sensitive cognitive assessment, brining novel brain health programs, and identifying health disparities among Southwest tribes. Obtaining grant funding of over $3 million, Jan has pioneered unique dementia programs being used in Arizona, nationally and internationally. These programs include Dementia Care Paths and Best Practices for Dementia Care Management; Hospice Care for Dementia; and Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia. These innovations have resulted in major changes in care practices, particularly for persons with advanced dementia.

Jan completed her BSN from Valparaiso University and her MS in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Arizona. She was named “Gerontologist of the Year” in 2003 by the Arizona Geriatrics Society and received the “Caring Spirit Award” in 2005 from the Area Agency on Aging, Region One. Jan was named a finalist by the Phoenix Business Journal as a Health Care Hero – Nursing in 2009 and for Community Outreach in 2011. In 2013 she was recognized as “Preceptor of the Year” by the ASU College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation. She is a noted speaker and author in the field of dementia. Jan is a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing and a 2014 Piper Fellow.

Phone: (602) 839-6964
Fax: (602) 839-6253
E-mail: Jan.Dougherty@bannerhealth.com