Diane B. Breslow, MSW, LCSW

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Center Coordinator and Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Breslow received her BA in Psychology with Honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned a Master’s Degree in clinical Social Work, with a specialty in Family Therapy, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Since 1972, Ms. Breslow has been a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Chicagoland metropolitan area and a member of the National Association of Social Workers and The Gerontological Society of America.

As Center Coordinator of Northwestern’s Movement Disorders Center, Ms. Breslow develops and presents outreach, educational, and therapeutic programs for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, community groups and organizations, and people affected by Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. As a clinician, Ms. Breslow’s work with patients and families includes assessment, counseling, information and referral, case management, patient and caregiver support groups, and patient advocacy.

In addition to developing a specialty in movement disorders, Ms. Breslow has extensive experience in psychotherapy and geriatric evaluation and counseling. Ms. Breslow has also taught psychology, social work, and healthcare courses at area universities. She is a frequent speaker at Parkinson’s disease support groups and at professional, community, and national conferences. She has worked as a researcher for the Illinois Department on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Ms. Breslow understands how illness and disability impact not only the patient but the entire family system. Having counseled Parkinson’s disease patients and families at home and in every level of care, Ms. Breslow has a unique perspective on the scope and impact of the disease. As one caregiver noted, “Diane knows about our concerns, and makes it comfortable for us to discuss them.”

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