Rosalie Gearhart, RN, MSN, AGCNS-BC

Associate Clinical Professor

Lab Website: UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Key areas: nursing, aging, neurodegenerative disease, operations, diversity

Rosalie Gearhart serves on the GBHI executive, operations and monitoring and evaluation teams. She brings her extensive clinical experience working with elders, research administration and program development skills to GBHI. She is a committed advocate for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Nurses have a unique position in transforming healthcare given their patient and family centered work. This approach allows nurses to play a pivotal role on inter-professional teams. Nursing practice requires culturally responsive actions that promote equity, quality and build capacity in healthcare delivery systems and public policy efforts that impact persons at risk for dementia and those living with dementia.

Ms. Gearhart completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She started her nursing career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked on Osler 4 General Medicine as a Clinical Nurse III taking care of HIV and chronic disease patients and their families. Upon relocation to San Francisco, California Ms. Gearhart continued her practice in Internal Medicine and was a Nurse Manager of a 45 bed in-patient unit at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She obtained her Masters at UCSF in Administration with a minor in Geriatric Nursing and is certified by the American Nursing Association as Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. She worked as a CNS in the Department of Psychiatry doing home based dementia evaluations as part of a multidisciplinary team as part of the California Alzheimer’s disease Centers. She began her research work in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Ms. Gearhart began teaching in the UCSF School of Nursing and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor. Ms. Gearhart was one of the founders of the Memory and Aging Center. She manages the NIH funded Alzheimer ’s disease Research Center (ADRC) in addition to several research consortiums. She oversees daily operations of the clinical research, training and care services provided by the Memory and Aging Center. She works closely with the Director and executive team in strategic planning and program management.


Bio: Rosalie Gearhart holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her Masters in Nursing Administration from the University of California San Francisco and is a certified Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.