MA-MFT, Alzheimer's Researcher, Art Therapist, Arts & Science Enthusiast
Angel C. Duncan has an extensive background in Alzheimer's research, counseling psychology as a marriage and family therapist and art therapist. Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, her practicum and research was conducted at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and the Children’s Health Council at Stanford. As a programs director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Angel directed and supervised dementia and caregiver programs, and provided health education presentations and trainings throughout the Northern California region. She facilitated an early stage Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) support group in partnership with the Stanford VA and Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, Angel supported development efforts by ensuring corporate partnerships and grants, and coordinated major fundraising events. Concurrently, Angel worked as a clinical rehab mental health therapist and medical art therapist at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California- San Francisco (UCSF), and implemented an art therapy program in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center for those with frontotemporal lobe dementia (FTD) and facilitated a caregiver FTD support group. In the community, Angel served on the San Francisco and San Mateo County Departments on Aging Adults and Adults with Disabilities committees, implementing community outreach resources for under-served populations, and held a state advocate position at the capitol in Sacramento, California.
In New Jersey, Angel was the Regional Programs and Marketing Director for Senior Helpers and held an art therapy practice. In conjunction, she was a programs development and grants consultant, securing funding in the non-profit sector. She helped develop and implement a multitude of wellness programs in diverse communities throughout New York City and surrounding states. Angel holds a faculty position at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, teaching in the Graduate Art Therapy Department, and serves as a thesis advisor. She is also a reoccurring Visiting Instructor in the Undergraduate Honors College at the University of Alabama under the Cognitive Dynamics Foundation where she serves as the Executive Arts Director.
Currently residing in Florida, Angel works at the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida where she is involved in global, clinical research trials for Alzheimer’s disease and MCI. She continues to consult and develop art therapy and wellness programs for diverse populations with mental health and neurological disorders, and speaks throughout the country on topics related to brain health, dementia forms, expressive art therapies and mindfulness practice. She is an Ambassador, Journal Peer Reviewer and sits on the Research and Marketing/Communications Committees for the American Art Therapy Association.
Angel has been interviewed in diverse media including: The Los Angeles Times, The Star Ledger, local CBS, NBC news, NPR-WGCU, and Google Hangout. She is widely published, some of her contributions include: 'Geriatric Neurology', 'Art Therapy and Health Care', 'Journal of Alzheimer's Disease', and 'Art, Angst and Trauma: Right Brain Interventions for Developmental Delays'. Angel works with leading experts in global brain health initiatives, such as GE Healthcare in their MIND app. In her downtime, Angel enjoys music, film, museums, acting in theatre, karaoke, traveling, yoga, and historic haunts with good music, food and conversation.