Dr. Aranda is an Associate Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Executive Director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. Her research focuses on psychosocial interventions for adults with health, cognitive, and psychiatric disorders. She developed the first Spanish-language support group for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Her research and teaching specializations address the unique needs of middle-age and older adults with co-occurring medical and psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Aranda focuses on psychosocial intervention development, and evaluation of bilingual, evidence-based interventions on behalf of adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities in the United States.
Dr. Aranda has served on four consensus committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the geriatric workforce in mental health and substance use service sectors, family caregiving to older adults with functional limitations, financial capacity determination among social security beneficiaries, and functional assessment for adults with disabilities.