• Chris McCaffrey, Community Programs Coordinator and Family Specialist

  • Chris McCaffrey

    Chris McCaffrey began his career in child and adolescent mental health in 1988 as a Residential Counselor for Hogares Inc. and a psych tech at Charter Sunrise psychiatric Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.  He continued working with children and their families for the next 19 years in residential treatment centers, schools and homes. In addition to direct care, Chris was also responsible for the training and development of staff and families.

  • He was a co-founder of two successful residential treatment centers specializing in the treatment of children suffering from reactive attachment disorder and relationship difficulties, Namaste Child and Family Development Center and Sandhill Child Development Center both in Los Lunas, NM.  He has presented extensively on the subjects of the attachment model milieu and parenting attachment-challenging children.  In 2008 Chris went to work for Albuquerque Public Schools as a Family Community Liaison Specialist where he worked to improve family participation in their children’s academics.  He joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2009 as a Program Coordinator charged with promoting the Association’s safety programs statewide.  In 2011 he became the Greater Albuquerque Area Regional Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico chapter.  In this role, Chris presented a variety of community educational programs on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including the “Savvy Caregiver” course for family caregivers.  In 2014 Chris became the Alzheimer’s Association’s Statewide Program Director.  In this role he oversaw partnerships with City and State agencies to deliver care and support programs to caregivers.  He also led the Association in partnering with New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department to train volunteers statewide to provide Savvy Caregiver education to families across New Mexico.  Chris was a regular contributor to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Newsletter, “Alz Advocate”, writing the column “Chris’ Corner” which answered difficult questions for caregivers.  He is also a contributing author to the second edition of the book “The Alzheimer’s journey: A practical perspective for caregivers”.

    Chris is an amateur chef who will bore you with utterly useless comic book and movie trivia as you enjoy his culinary wizardry.