Professor Tsuann Kuo currently serves as the President of Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers (TAFC) while teaches as an Associate Professor at Chung Shan Medical University (CSMU) in Taichung City, Taiwan. Established in 1996, TAFC serves as the only advocacy organization dedicating to caregivers’ rights and service development. In 2016, TAFC was also contracted by the Taiwan government to lead and advise its national long-term care services by supervising both local governments and organizations to implement various types of caregiver services, including care management, respite, caregiver education, support groups, psychological counseling, telephone line, and public education.
As a scholar trained in the U. S. with social work and gerontological backgrounds, Prof. Kuo also applied her previous experiences to conduct caregiving research and develop “dementia+family” service models at many Caregiver Resources Centers and Dementia Integrated Care Centers in Central Taiwan. Prof. Kuo received her Ph. D. and Master Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and two Master Degrees in Gerontology and Health Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). She had diverse practice experiences in the U. S., including a program developer for senior organizations, a medical social worker at the Veterans’ Hospital and a policy analyst/advocate for health and minority organizations. Prof. Kuo’s main research topics include cross-cultural caregiving issues, reminiscence and life review therapy for older adults, international comparisons on long-term care policies and programs, advocacy issues for caregivers, and Dementia program and care management for older adults.