Tessa Garcia McEwen, AM, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Department of Neurology
Quality of Life & Family Support Services

Tessa brings 18 years working with diverse populations, doing her best to listen first before giving care. She is interested in providing patients, care partners, and families with personalized access to resources and exploring strategies together for increased quality of life.  At UChicago Medicine, Tessa primarily supports all of those that come through The Memory Center, with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias (ADRDs). She also provides support via consult for all of the outpatient neurology and neurosurgery clinics, which includes patients with ALS, epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. As a graduate student recipient of the Albert T. Schweitzer Fellowship, she focused on bringing grief and loss support to local communities, and cultural competence and compassionate care to medical settings, and continues to do so through speaking engagements for medical professionals, graduate students, and community members.  Tessa is co-founder and medical sector co-lead for Dementia Friendly Hyde Park, and serves on several boards and professional associations in the field for social work, healthy aging, and dementia care. She completed her B.A. in Sociology at The University of Notre Dame and a masters in clinical social work at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Memberships & Professional Groups: 
-Cognitive and Memory Professionals (CAMP), a professional group for Chicagoland area
-Dementia Friendly IL Subcommittee member
-Illinois Cognitive Resource Network member
-Arts for Brain Health Coalition, representative for UChicago Memory Center
-Dementia Friends Champion, Dementia Friends USA, trained facilitator
-SHARE Network Chicago, a GWEP Grant Recipient of HRSA, team member, speaker/presenter
-‘Art Is…In’, leadership team member
-Lorenzo’s House, Board Member
-Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, representative for UChicago Medicine, Board Member
-Dementia Friendly Hyde Park, co-founding team member, medical sector co-lead

Neurology & Neurosurgery Specialty Outpatient Clinics at UChicago Medicine:


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