Julia Margaret Rowan (née Wysong) is a doctoral student at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Her research interests are evaluation of elder abuse interventions, focusing on multidisciplinary and person-centered approaches. Julia also coordinates the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) in Ventura County, a multidisciplinary team that provides guidance and support on difficult cases of elder and dependent adult financial exploitation and fraud.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2010, and a Master of Science in Gerontology in 2013. From 2013 to 2016, Julia worked as a research analyst for Ventura County Behavioral Health Quality Improvement. In 2016, she concluded an evaluation of Ventura County’s implementation of California’s mandated initiative to improve delivery of trauma-informed therapeutic services to children and families within Child Protective Services.
Julia’s goal is to contribute to innovative strategies for the prevention of elder abuse and neglect through applied evaluation, with emphasis on collaboration with service providers, advocates, and policy makers.