Pamela A Saunders


Associate Professor


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Pamela A. Saunders, PhD, is an associate professor in the departments of neurology and psychiatry. With a doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, her research focuses on language, aging, doctor/patient communication, narrative and reflective writing. She has spent the last 20 years conducting research and teaching. Her research portfolio includes funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institute on Aging, the Hartford Foundation, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She serves in several leadership roles related to medical education, including as chief course director of the doctoring curriculum and co-clerkship director of the geriatrics clerkship. She is a long-standing member of Georgetown University Medical Center’s Committee on Medical Education and also serves on the Committee on Appointments and Promotions. She co-founded the geriatrics curriculum in 2000 for the medical students at Georgetown’s School of Medicine with funding from the Hartford Foundation. In addition, she teaches reflective writing and Mind Body Medicine skills to medical and graduate students.


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  • Post Doctoral Fellowship (1996 - 1998) University of Kansas, Communication and Aging
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship (1994 - 1996) University of California, San Francisco, Sociocultural Gerontology
  • Ph.D. (1994) Georgetown University, Sociolinguistics
  • MA (1988) University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics
  • BA (1986) University of Michigan, Linguistics and Anthropology