Phyllis Amaral, PhD

As vice president of Community-Based Services, Phyllis Amaral oversees three programming areas within WISE & Healthy Aging – the WISE Adult Day Service Center (ADSC), In-Home Services/Care Management and Transportation & Mobility Services.  For the ADSC, a modern and specially-designed center to meet the client and family needs of those who benefit from adult day care, Dr. Amaral and the trained staff provide week-day programming tailored to the needs of each participant. 


The ADSC is licensed for 60 participants, and is located on the second floor of the Ken Edwards Center at 1527 4th Street in Santa Monica.  The Center is the only state-designated ADCRC (Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center) on the Los Angeles Westside.  An early memory loss program (WISE minds) and Spanish-speaking adult day care program (Somos Amigos) are included within the ADSC.


Dr. Amaral works closely with the management professionals and clinical staff in In-Home Services/Care Management (which includes WISE HomeCare, benefits enrollment and Information & Referral Services) and Transportation & Mobility Services to ensure a seamless coordination of cross-referrals within the organization, as well as smooth provision of services.

No stranger to the Westside, Dr. Amaral was the Director of Clinical Services for The Center for the Partially Sighted for 27 years, serving as a staff psychologist and research assistant in the prior years. The Center, headquartered in Culver City with other satellite locations, is a non-profit comprehensive rehabilitation center for people of all ages with visual impairments. She oversaw program development in conjunction with key staff, and implemented a Sight Saver diabetes program, pediatric low vision and HIV and vision loss program. 


Just prior to joining WISE & Healthy Aging, Dr. Amaral provided consulting expertise to the Junior Blind of America’s Los Angeles office and the Alzheimer’s Association, Southland Chapter (now called Alzheimer’s Greater LA).  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Doctorate degree in Clinical/Aging Psychology from USC.  Dr. Amaral has also been an adjunct lecturer at Mount St. Mary’s University and UCLA, and has co-authored research published in peer-reviewed journals and served as co-principal investigator on research projects funded by the National Eye Institute, California Endowment and Administration of Aging.