Amanda Leggett

Amanda Leggett

Assistant Professor

 8405.7 Maccabees Building

Curriculum vitae



Amanda Leggett

Dr. Amanda Leggett an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Gerontology and Department of Psychology at Wayne State University and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Her research program focuses on the dementia caregiver stress process and mental health in late-life. She recently completed a K01 career development award from the National Institute on Aging and currently has associated funding from the Alzheimer’s Association to develop of a taxonomy of dementia care management styles and aims to determine how classifying one’s caregiving style might be used to target interventions and optimize care.

She also has a new R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging exploring dementia caregiving networks and associations with care outcomes. She serves on the editorial board for the journals Innovation in Aging and Research on Aging and is a seven-year Hospice volunteer.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Dementia family caregiving
  • Aging and mental health


  • B.A., Psychology, Queens University of Charlotte
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

Awards and grants

“Characterizing Dementia Caregiving Networks and Associations with Persons Living with Dementia’s Well-Being and Potentially Inappropriate Healthcare Utilization”
Role: Principal Investigator

NIH/NIA/IMPACT Collaboratory Pilot Grant Program
“Deprescribing CNS-active polypharmacy in older adults with dementia”
Principal Investigator: Donovan Maust
Role: Co-Investigator

“Conversational Care Technologies”
Principal Investigator: Robin Brewer
Role: Co-Investigator

Alzheimer’s Association & LINC-AD
Advancing Research on Care and Outcome Measurement (ARCOM) Program
“Measuring dementia caregiving styles to improve intervention tailoring”
Role: Principal Investigator

“Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center”
Principal Investigator: Hank Paulson
Role: Clinical Core and Leadership Initiative


Courses taught by Amanda Leggett

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Winter Term 2023