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  • Julia Rowan

    Dr. Julia Rowan's (née Wysong) research focuses are multidisciplinary and person-centered approaches to addressing elder mistreatment. She earned a PhD at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in 2019, and has been conducting evaluation research since 2010. She has conducted evaluation in academic and health care service settings. Dr. Rowan also coordinates the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) in Ventura County, a multidisciplinary team that provides consultation and assistance on difficult cases of elder and dependent adult financial exploitation and fraud. She received a Bachelor degree in Literature and a Masters of Arts in Gerontology. She enjoys body boarding, yoga, and staring out the window with a book or

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  • Pi-Ju (Marian) Liu

    Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor at Purdue School of Nursing and a Faculty Associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. She conducts applied and translational research around elder justice issues, covering topics on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. She works with Adult Protective Services at the county and state level, and was funded by the Administration for Community Living to measure effectiveness of Adult Protective Services’ referrals and services. She has impacted elder justice policy in California in areas such as building a statewide data system for Adult Protective Services, advocating for additional training for Adult Protective Services caseworkers and supervisors, providing effective

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  • Marie-Therese Connolly

    Marie-Therese Connolly is the author of Aging Dangerously, a forthcoming book about elder abuse (W.W. Norton, 2019).  The book reveals the problem through many lenses, tracking the work of those who seek to stop it using medicine, social services, law, policy, forensics, finance, research, ethics, and advocacy.  She’s involved in several research projects to study how we define success in and the efficacy of several elder abuse interventions, including – prosecution, Adult Protective Services, client advocacy, caregiver and health system prevention measures, and multidisciplinary teams.  She has drafted numerous reports, including on the role of prosecutors on multidisciplinary teams, the relationship between state and local long-term care ombudsman, and she

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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.