ABOUT THE EXPERT
Brent P. Forester,
Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, is the chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and medical director for Behavioral Health in the Center for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare. Dr Forester is an expert in geriatric psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of older adults with depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has previously served on boards of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire.
Dr Forester’s research focuses on using brain imaging techniques and careful clinical assessment to better understand the causes of depression and bipolar disorder in later life and to identify promising new targets for effective treatments. He also studies novel treatment approaches to manage common behavioral complications of dementia such as agitation and aggression. He is dedicated to pursuing a better understanding of the relationship between brain function and behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s and related dementias in older adults. Dr Forester also researches the neurobiological causes and correlates of mood changes and disorders in later life, and the relationship between cognitive impairment and mood changes. Dr Forester and his team are committed to helping develop and test novel treatments that will improve quality of life for older adults.