Jan Dougherty

RN, MS

Dementia Care, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Director, Family and Community Services


Jan Dougherty is Family and Community Services Director at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She is responsible for setting a new standard of care for patients with dementia and their families through the development and implementation of innovative programs. Jan has extensive experience in dementia care. She has developed many pioneering programs being used in Arizona and nationally. These programs include, Dementia Care Paths and Best Practices for Dementia Care which has touched the lives of over 4,000 people in Arizona with dementia. She most recently created and implemented “Hospice Care for Dementia” and “Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia” which has resulted in major changes in care practices 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. She was awarded the “Vision Award” in 2006 from Hospice of the Valley. She has presented at numerous local and national seminars and conferences and has published a variety of articles regarding working with the elderly. Jan’s research interests are focused on evaluation of programs that enhance the well-being of persons with dementia and their family members.

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