Karl Pillemer

pillemer_karlKarl Pillemer, Ph.D. is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Pillemer has a career-long program of research, intervention and policy analysis on the mistreatment of older persons. He conducted the first large-scale epidemiological survey of elder abuse and neglect, which established the benchmark prevalence rate for elder mistreatment. Dr. Pillemer has studied elder abuse in long-term care settings, including the most extensive survey of mistreatment of residents in nursing homes by staff. He has developed programs based on this research to reduce mistreatment in nursing homes. Additionally, over the past two decades, Dr. Pillemer has conducted a program of research and intervention to improve staff training in nursing homes and other long-term care environments, to help reduce conflict and abuse in those settings. He has published over 120 scientific articles and is the recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award from the Gerontological Society of America.

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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.