Matthews, R.N., PhD.
Maureen Matthews, PhD, RN is a clinical nurse specialist working in the mental health field for over 30 years. She received her Masters from Yale University School of Nursing where she specialized in adult psychiatry and her Doctoral degree from New York University. Dr. Matthews’ doctoral research explored the experience of living with dementia from the perspective of the person diagnosed.
Dr. Matthews joined the Stamford Counseling Center staff in 1997. She works both as a staff psychotherapist and Director of the Memory Support Program. She developed the Memory Support Program to meet the needs of individuals and their care partners during the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
For the person diagnosed, the program provides the opportunity to explore individually and in groups, the impact of memory loss and confusion on their lives as well as to find ways to continue to live life fully.
For the care partners the Memory Support Program is a place for support, education, and guidance as they seek to support their loved one and still maintain their own health and life course.
For the community, the program is affiliated with an interactive theater project, To Whom I May Concern® (TWIMC) that allows people with dementia to tell their stories of living with dementia. (towhomimayconcern.org)
Dr. Matthews is active in the geriatric care community as collaborator and leader. She was founding president of the Fairfield County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Most recently, she organized the Alzheimer’s Consortium of SW CT, a group of families and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with early dementia and their care partners. She also created the Memory Friendly Congregation program that works with faith communities in raising awareness of the needs of people with dementia in their midst and developing methods for helping them continue participating in the life of the congregation.
Dr. Matthews lives in Stamford with her husband, Dr. Bill Matthews. She has four daughters, two by birth and two by marriage. Her favorite community activities are singing with the New World Chorus (multi-faith choir) and volunteering with Rainbow Café (LGBTQ youth group).