Mission & Vision

Mission Statement


To serve as a dynamic leader and coordinating center of elder mistreatment research, education, practice, and policy at USC.

The USC Center of Elder Mistreatment will bring together the existing and wide-ranging elder mistreatment expertise at USC—in medicine, gerontology, health services, psychology, and policy—as well as encourage new partnerships in biology, genetics, biodemography, economics, law, neuroscience, allied health, biostatistics, and social work. The Center will enable USC students of all levels to participate in interdisciplinary research and education. It will be the reliable resource that policymakers turn to when information on this topic is needed.

Our Vision


USC will be the world’s academic leader in understanding and addressing elder mistreatment.

The USC Center on Elder Mistreatment will serve as a hub that coordinates, incubates and stimulates activities related to the field of elder mistreatment across all schools and departments at the university. Through novel collaborations and approaches, the Center will address one of the most horrendous and growing problems affecting our society.

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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.