Bonnie Olsen, PhD

olsen_bonnieBonnie Olsen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience as a geropsychologist, working in academic medicine for over 17 years.  She provides mental health and cognitive assessment and short-term treatment in a collaborative treatment model with several primary care physicians and as a leader in our interprofessional Geriatric Assessment Clinic.

As the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, Dr. Olsen is also involved in a number of research grants that focus on elder abuse education and prevention that include: “When the going gets tough: Educating Caregivers”; “Take AIM Against Elder Abuse: The Abuse Intervention Model”; the Elder Abuse Forensic Telemedicine Project; the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program; and the National Center on Elder Abuse.

In 2009, she was awarded the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Gold Star Award for Humanism in delivery of health care and has remained dedicated to community service throughout her career.

Dr. Olsen was a member of the Board of Directors of InnovAge, a nonprofit senior health and wellness services center, and was Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center in Huntington Beach, California from 2012-2013. Dr. Olsen is a passionate advocate and expert for the prevention of elder abuse and has guest lectured throughout the country on the topic.

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.