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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Program Agenda

Presenter Slides


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
Alexis Coulourides Kogan, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Department of Family Medicine
Zach Gassoumis, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Maria Greene, M.S.
Consultant with WRMA
Former Director of the Division of Aging Services
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
Lance Robertson
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging
Administrator, Administration for Community Living
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
Kate Wilber, PhD
Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology Professor of Health Services Administration University of Southern California – Leonard Davis, School of Gerontology
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

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.

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.