Amanda Lambert’s Biographical Information

Amanda Lambert is the Community Development Specialist for The Masters Program, which is a Valley Mental Health treatment program in Salt Lake City, Utah, designed for seniors who have depression and anxiety disorders. She specializes in the mental health needs of older adults and coordinates services to meet those needs. Amanda has published articles on Caregivers and Depression and Successful Aging in the Prime Times newspaper; Depression and Aging, and Successful Aging in The Golden Age Newspaper. She has appeared on KSL television to talk about The Masters Program and the need for increasing awareness of mental health issues of older adults.

Amanda has made presentations at The Utah Gerontological Society Conference, the University of Utah School of Nursing, the Westminster College School of Nursing, the University of Utah School of Social Work, Salt Lake County Aging Services, Utah Adult Protective Services, Utah State Division of Aging and Adult Services, and other numerous assisted living facilities, senior centers, healthcare provider settings, senior centers and senior housing complexes. She serves on The Council for the Aging; is on the Board of Trustees of The Sarah Daft Assisted Living Home; The Project Care Coalition and is the current president of the Utah Gerontological Society (2002).

Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She has a Masters Degree from the University of Utah in Therapeutic Recreation and is nationally certified in Therapeutic Recreation. She is licensed in the state of Utah as a Social Service Worker.

Leslie Eckford’s Biographical Information

Leslie Eckford is both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Nurse who specializes in geriatric mental health in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a Masters of Social Work and has over 10 years of experience in psychiatric nursing in both hospital and community settings. She is the Clinical Coordinator of the Masters Program, a partial hospitalization program providing group and individual therapy to adults 55 years and older with depression and anxiety disorders. She has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of health care workers, other professionals and students about the mental health needs of the older adult.

Having a keen interest in the psychological issues of aging, Leslie believes that attaining optimal mental health is possible at any age. She is an enthusiastic proponent of educating both seniors and health care providers about how to combat depression at this significant life stage. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the Medical College of Virginia and both a Bachelors of Social Work and a Masters of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has specialized in the mental health care of older adults since 1991 and has been affiliated in this capacity with geriatric psychiatry units at medical centers at the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia.

Amanda Lambert, President of the Utah Gerontological Society

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