Brianna Garrison


Ph.D. Social Work Candidate, Baylor University
MSW, University of Houston
BS, Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University 

Full Curriculum Vita

Research Interests
  • Family Caregivers
  • Spiritual and Mental Health for Older Adults
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
  • Program Development and Evaluation for Older Adults
  • Health Disparities
  • Grief and Loss among Older Adults
  • Gerontology Social Work 
Selected Publications
  • Garrison, B. (2017). Forget memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia by Anne Davis Basting. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 29(4), 322-323. 

Brianna Garrison received her undergraduate degree fromTexas Tech University and completed her MSW degree and graduate certificate in Health Disparities at the University of Houston. Brianna was awarded a pre-dissertation fellowship with the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW). Brianna is a 2020 recipient of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health's Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial Award for mental health dissertation research. Brianna is a licensed clinical social worker and board approved clinical supervisor. Her clinical social work experience includes medical social work, grief and loss with older adults, adjustment to chronic and progressive illness, and working with persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Brianna currently serves as MSW program Director at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work Houston Campus. Although her research has largely fallen within the realm of caregivers of persons living with dementia, her broader interests include gerontology, health disparities, health equity, mental health for older adults, grief and loss, and social connection for older adults.  

Brianna is married to Justin Garrison, who is a Physician Assistant in the Greater Houston Area. Together they are the proud parents of two children, Levi and Evelyn.