test an expert in familial (or non-professional or paid) caregiving. While her focus has been end of life, she also has represented familial caregivers in places like the White House Conference on Aging as a delegate from the state of CA. Her specialty in caregiving for families was borne out of her own very personal experiences with her own family. She earned her PhD in Human Services where she focused this passion into her own intellectual exploration of aging and dying withing the US prison system. Moving on she went to the Stanford School of Medicine where she did her post-doctoral work looking at ethno-geriatrics in the prison setting, Dr. Novak has been a noted researcher and expert in trauma, narrative medicine and health equity for underserved populations.