USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse

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The mission of the USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse is to create safe and healthy environments for all elders, here and across the world, by bringing thought leaders, activists, caregivers, researchers, lawmakers, and other stakeholders together to share findings, strategize solutions, and help shape and propel the field of elder abuse and justice

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Early Bird Rate: $250          Registered on or before January 16, 2018
Regular Rate: $300             Registered after January 16, 2018
Student Rate: $200            Student eligibility will be verified

For any questions, please contact our registrar at or 310-437-0555 x128.


Click below to learn more about the symposium schedule.

Program Agenda


Ron Acierno, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
College of Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina
Tova Band-Winterstein, PhD
Senior Lecturer CUS Associate Professor
Department of Gerontology
University of Haifa, Israel
Jay Belsky, PhD
Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor
Department of Human Ecology Program in Human Development
University of California, Davis
Marie-Therese Connolly
Senior Scholar
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Washington, DC
Sherry Hamby, PhD
Editor, Psychology of Violence
Director, Life Paths Appalachian Research Center
Research Professor
University of the South
Melissa Howe, PhD
Research Scientist
Academic Research Centers
NORC at the University of Chicago
Sue Kurrle, MD, PhD
Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People
Medicine, Northern Clinical School
University of Sydney, Australia
Laura Mosqueda, MD
Interim Dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC Director, National Center on Elder Abuse
Amanda Phelan, PhD, MSc
Associate Dean of Global Engagement
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
University College Dublin, Ireland
Karl Pillemer, PhD
Director Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development
Professor of Gerontology in Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
Sidney M. Stahl, PhD
Expert Research Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on Elder Abuse
Retired Chief, Behavioral Processes Branch
National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
Mary Twomey, MSW
Aging Program Specialist
Administration for Community Living, Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services
Yongjie Yon, PhD
Technical Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe
Steven H. Zarit, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies
Pennsylvania State University
Ferrell Moore
Georgia Anetzberger Award Recipient
Laura Brown
Georgia Anetzberger Award Recipient


The Westin Pasadena

191 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
T: 626-792-2727

The 2018 meeting group rate is noted below.  To make your hotel reservations please contact the Westin Pasadena directly at 866-837-4181 and mention you are with the USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse meeting.  The Westin Pasadena in located conveniently 20 minutes away from the Bob Hope/Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) or 40 minutes away from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Group Rate: $189 (Single/Double Occupancy)
This rate is subject to applicable state and local taxes.  Make sure to book your hotel reservation by Monday February 5, 2018 to receive the contracts group rate.

To make your hotel reservations online, please click here

We would like to make you aware of a situation that has been affecting conferences nationwide.   There are companies (Convention Housing Services, Global Housing, Global Travel, etc.) who claim to be the official housing bureau and ask to “assist” you with hotel reservations.  They may disguise themselves as part of the USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse or may claim to represent the Westin Pasadena and note they can get better rates, the room block is filled, or use other sales pitch methods.   They are NOT the official housing bureau and are NOT affiliated with the USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse in any way.

If you receive a call from any company claiming to represent USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse, be aware that this is probably a scam and do not make the reservation or provide your credit card information. Please make your reservations directly with the Westin Pasadena directly by using the online reservation link above or call the Westin Pasadena directly at the 866-837-4181.

If you are contacted by any such company, please ask for the company name, phone number and contact that called (email if possible) and send to  or

For questions regarding the meeting, please contact Christine Sass or 310-437-0555 x153.

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Tamkin Scholar Awards

As part of the USC Judith D. Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse’s mission, we are pleased to offer travel awards for students through the Tamkin Scholar Award. The goal of this award is to stimulate interest in elder abuse research and to help students attend the symposium.  This award will include a stipend to be used towards hotel accommodations, travel and registration for the symposium.  Awards will be provided to applicants that demonstrate a strong interest in elder abuse.

Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in a Graduate, Doctoral, or Postdoctoral program.

Submission deadline is December 15, 2017.

 Access the full application and instructions here: 2018 Tamkin Scholar Award Application

For information on the past 2016 symposium click here

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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.