Julie Kutac, MA, PhD
Professional Education and Research Specialist, Alzheimer's Association - Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
Julie Kutac, MA, PhD is the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association-Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. Dr. Kutac received her BS in Molecular Biology with a minor in Theology from Texas Lutheran University, her MA in Religious Studies from Rice University, and her PhD in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Dr. Kutac's research at Rice University focused upon the ethics of memory and first person illness narratives that captured the subjective experience of Alzheimer's disease. At the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Kutac continued her studies on aging and elder care as a National Institute of Aging Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Sealy Center on Aging. Her dissertation focused upon suffering, the elderly, and ways that the medical humanities can improve the practitioner-patient relationship. She has been awarded the Chester R. Burns Award in Medical Humanities, the John D. and Ann Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
As the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, Dr. Kutac serves as the content expert for the chapter. Dr. Kutac prepares and delivers engaging, evidence based education programs to health care providers across Texas. Dr. Kutac also liaises with the scientists studying Alzheimer's disease in the Texas Medical Center and Southeast Texas, facilitating connections between the scientists and the community. Dr. Kutac has presented her research at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities national conference, the Conference on Medicine and Religion, among others. Her writings are published in The Journal of General Internal Medicine, The Journal of the Medical Humanities, and The Journal of Religion and Health. In her free time, Dr. Kutac sings with the Houston Symphony Chorus and enjoys giving her Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix, Lulu, a happy old age.