On Saturday, March 18, 2023, Linda Jean Garand, Ph.D., R.N., of Pleasant Hills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away. On July 28, 1958, Linda was raised in St. Albans, Vermont, as one of Armand Simeon Garand and Patricia Anne (Cook) Garand’s six children.
Peter Allen Garand, her brother, also died before her, along with her parents. Brother David (Debra) Garand of Newburyport, Massachusetts; Richard Garand of Ozark, Missouri; Steven (Cindy) Garand of Sunbury, Ohio.
Thomas (Lisa) Garand of Boynton Beach, Florida; her devoted husband Benjamin S. Sheeler of 19 years; brother-in-law Ernest A. Sheeler, Sr.; and sister-in-law Charmaine Sheeler-Mitchell.
She completed her high school education at Bay Village High School in Ohio in 1976. She earned a B.S. in biology from Northwest Missouri State University and a B.S. in nursing from Marymount College of Kansas.
A Master of Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Science Center and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
The University of Iowa awarded Dr. Garand her Ph.D. in Nursing. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Duquesne University School of Nursing.
Dr. Garand received great national acclaim in acknowledgment of her contributions to geropsychiatric nursing.
She presented her work at scientific meetings and international consortiums and published much material. Her effectiveness as a teacher has consistently received high marks from peers and students.
Her studies focused on protecting the mental health and well-being of family members who care for people with cognitive impairment, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, or traumatic brain injuries.
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She conducted a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of a preventive, problem-solving training (PST)-based mental health intervention with family caregivers of people with MCI or early dementia after characterizing the nature and extent of psychiatric morbidity and burden among spouses of people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI, a precursor to some forms of dementia).
Throughout a year of follow-up, caregivers who got the PST intervention reported considerably reduced levels of burden and depression compared to those who received a comparator intervention.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs also gave Dr. Garand a U.S. Department of Defense Peer Review Alzheimer’s Research Program Grant.
There is no visitation at this time. On Friday, April 21, 2023, at 2:00 pm, in the Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 600 McAnulty Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15282, a memorial celebration of her life will be conducted.
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, The Memorial Service will be followed by a reception at Duquesne University.
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