Dr. Patricia Cornille, OTD, OTRL, CCECL is a compassionate and dedicated clinical specialist and program development consultant. An occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience, Pat has worked with individuals living with a wide range of cognitive impairments including dementia, brain injury, intellectual disabilities, and mental health conditions. She is a leading advocate for positive change in dementia care and community awareness.
Pat earned her doctorate from Creighton University where she focused her studies on improving and expanding dementia care practices. Some of her projects and research included examining staff observations of engagement in people living with moderate to severe dementia, developing organizational and community programs, and designing interventions addressing neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with dementia.
Pat, a passionate educator, offers practical techniques and clinical training to students, professionals and caregivers. She has taught graduate level occupational therapy courses at Western Michigan University and served as a student admissions evaluator, thesis committee member, and guest lecturer at Grand Valley State University. In the field, Pat conducts national and international workshops and develops customized programs and training throughout the United States. Additionally, she has been a keynote speaker at professional conferences and served as the president of the Allen Cognitive Network.
Pat’s approach to memory care and clinical programming is grounded in current evidence and best practices. Her programs are tailored to each individual and organization and illuminate the connections between cognition, human behavior, and meaningful living. As a result, individuals, staff, and caregivers participate in healthier lifestyles and positive experiences. Some of the key program outcomes include improved sleep patterns and activity participation, decreased challenging behaviors and falls, increased service utilization, improved caregiver health and well-being, and less staff turnover.
“My mission is to continue to educate the public to understand the needs of cognitively vulnerable populations and their caregivers. I am committed to developing programs, leading projects, promoting partnerships and bringing communities together.”