For more than 20 years, Eileen Salmanson, a licensed clinical social worker, was in private practice in Boston and worked at Brigham Women’s Hospital. At Brigham, she specialized in Behavioral Neurology, treating people coping with cognitive, memory and behavioral changes,including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, Parkinson’s and ADD. In her private practice, she also treated people with marital and couple’s issues, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and bereavement.
Ms. Salmanson attained her Bachelor’s from Boston University and then graduated with her Master’s in social work from Boston College. She was accepted for a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at Beth Israel Hospital, and continued as staff for five years. She was recruited by Brigham Women’s Hospital to lead their program in Behavioral Neurology. She remained there for two decades, then relocated to Weston.
Ms. Salmanson developed several hospital and community programs. These include Alzheimer’s programs pairing students from high school and college, working one on one in a formalized program in Assisted Living Facilities. This evolved into a research project and is now run by Harvard College. She trained staff at Museum of Fine Arts tours program for Alzheimer’s patients, and trained nurses in their treatment of patients with cognitive and memory issues. Ms. Salmanson started a week-long camp for children with seizure disorders. The program continues to run through the Epilepsy Foundation.
Ms. Salmanson also supervised staff and interns in clinical skills, designed educational courses and initiated public speaking on psychosocial issues. Ms. Salmanson was granted an appointment at Harvard Medical School from 1994-2014.
Her awards include a Partners in Excellence Award, Brigham Women’s Hospital 2003-2012, recipient of a grant to support patients’ needs, Honoree by the Epilepsy Foundation of Massachusetts, 2014, and Dennis Thompson Compassionate Care Award.