Clinical Practice with Older Adults Instructor Biographies

Sharon Dornberg-Lee
Sharon Dornberg-Lee, LCSW, is a Clinical Supervisor at CJE SeniorLife, where she has worked for 20 years. Dornberg-Lee provides psychotherapy services to older adults and has supervised care managers in a number of the agency’s programs.  She is a frequent presenter on topics related to effective clinical practice with older adults and a past lecturer at SSA where she taught Aging and Mental Health.

Kate Krajci
Kate Krajci, LCSW, is Director of the Clinical Practice with Older Adults Program and Coordinator of the Older Adults Program of Study in SSA's master's program. Her private practice offers psychotherapy and care planning services to older adults and family caregivers. Krajci is the President of the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, is a member of the American Society on Aging’s Mental Health and Aging Network Leadership Council, and was instrumental in the development of the Chicago Bridge, a grassroots organization for professionals in the early to mid stages of their careers in the field of aging.

Daniel Kuhn
Daniel Kuhn, LCSW, is Vice-President of Education at All Trust Home Care, a local home care agency specializing in the care of people with dementia. He received a master's in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more than 40 years, he has been a social worker and educator in the fields of health and aging. Since 1987, he has focused on dementia care, family caregiving, and end-of-life care. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications and he has given thousands of presentations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Stanley G. McCracken
Stanley G. McCracken is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. McCracken has thirty years of experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant specializing primarily in mental health, chemical dependence, and dual disorders. He has extensive experience in teaching motivational interviewing and integrating spirituality in clinical practice. He is a licensed clinical social worker and registered dual disorder professional.

Darby Morhardt
Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW, is Associate Professor for the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) and the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The focus of her work has been the impact of cognitive impairment on individual, family and social networks and the development and testing of replicable and tailored interventions.  She leads the CNADC’s outreach, recruitment and education efforts, oversees clinical social work services for the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic, and directs the newly established Northwestern Miller Alzheimer Family Support Program.    

Katherine Thompson
Katherine Thompson, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Department at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Her clinical interests are primary care for older adults, dementia, and frailty. She earned her medical degree from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed an Internship, Residency, and Fellowship at The University of Chicago Medical Center. 

Erin Weir Lakhmani
Erin Weir Lakhmani is a Health Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, where she conducts research and provides technical assistance on Medicare and Medicaid policy issues. Her current work focuses on integrated care programs for dually eligible (Medicare-Medicaid) beneficiaries and Medicaid managed care. Throughout her career, Erin’s work has focused on health policy and health care access for older adults and adults with disabilities. She possesses more than ten years of experience in Social Work and significant subject matter expertise in Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs. Prior to her work at Mathematica, Erin served as the Director of Community Engagement at Molina Healthcare of Illinois and the Manager of Health Care Access at AgeOptions.

Founding Director: Karen S. Teigiser
Karen S. Teigiser, LCSW, is the founding Director of SSA's Clinical Practice with Older Adults Program. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Dean for Curriculum at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She taught advanced generalist methods, clinical case seminars, and the treatment of children and their parents. Her fields of special interest include curriculum design and evaluation, and community mental health.