Francesca Falzarano, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Pronouns: She/Her

Expertise: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and dementia, Technology


  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Manhattan College (New York, NY),  2009-2013
  • Master of Arts, Applied Developmental Psychology, Fordham University (New York, NY), 2013-2015
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Developmental Psychology, Fordham University (New York, NY), 2019
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine (New York, NY), 2019-2023


  • Dementia Family Caregiving
  • Technology for Older Adults
  • Psychosocial well-being
  • Stress and Resilience


Francesca B. Falzarano, PhD is a developmental psychologist whose research is focused at the intersection of technology and dementia care, with a particular emphasis on enhancing the mental health and well-being of family caregivers. Motivated by her personal experiences with caregiving, her research adopts a developmental perspective to examine the diverse and transitory needs of dementia caregivers through the entire illness trajectory from diagnosis, progression, to death and into bereavement. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Falzarano investigates how caregivers’ needs vary based on a myriad of factors including demographic, contextual, and interpersonal dynamics. She also focuses on examining technology as a mechanism to foster mental health and well-being among dementia family caregivers.

Email: falzaran@usc.edu

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