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Anita Souza PhD

Clinical Professor / PMHNP-DNP Clinical Placement Coordinator
Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) Governance Board Member
Alzheimer’s Association of Washington-King County Advisory Board Member
Alzheimer’s Association of Washington-Education and Conference Planning Council

My program of research addresses the care and support of older adults across the cognitive continuum, including those in the early stages of memory loss. Specifically, I focus on the psychosocial and health care needs of those with cognitive decline who live alone and reside in the community. I have had a breadth of clinical experience in gerontology and in the community utilizing Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods. I have helped develop and deliver educational programs to older adults living with dementia and counseled individuals and families on dementia-related care issues. My dissertation work led to further study of cognitively impaired individuals who have experienced homelessness. My research aims to better understand the needs and challenges of providing care to homeless older adults with cognitive impairment by examining social network factors (mobility, housing, family and friend networks) that contribute to health care access in older homeless adults, and the associations with chronic disease and cognitive health.

BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2002
PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, 2016

What classes do you teach?
NCLIN 418 – Undergraduate Psychosocial Nursing Practicum-Lab
Coordination of PMHNP-DNP Clinicals (NCLIN, 516,517,518, and 801)

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?
I love the dynamic and engaging environment at the school of nursing.  There is an atmosphere of curiosity that fuels my teaching and research interests.  I also value the partnership that we develop outside of the school to support health within the greater community.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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University of Washington
School of Nursing
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Seattle, WA 98195-7263