2020 USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse

Program | Speakers | Tamkin Scholars

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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Georgia Anetzberger
Consultant in Private Practice and Adjunct Faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University
Tova Band Winterstein
Department of Gerontology, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa
Robert Blancato
National Coordinator of the bipartisan 3000-member Elder Justice Coalition
Brad Cannell
Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health
Steven Cole
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine
Marie-Therese Connolly
Marguerite DeLiema
Assistant Professor of Research in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Terry Fulmer
President, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Zach Gassoumis
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Duke Han
Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical neuropsychology, Director of Neuropsychology in the Department of Family Medicine, and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, and Gerontology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Alison Hirschel
Director of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative
Shelly Jackson
Consultant, Elder Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice
Alexis Coulourides Kogan
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Gerontology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Mark Lachs
Psaty Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Director of Geriatrics at the New York-Presbyterian Health Care System
Christopher Langston
President and CEO, Archstone Foundation
Stuart Lewis
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra/Northwell
Peter Lichtenberg
Director, Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, WSU Distinguished Service Professor, Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University
Pi-Ju (Marian) Liu
Assistant Professor School at the Purdue School of Nursing and a Faculty Associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University
Wenche Malmedal
Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, Department of Public Health and Nursing
Laura Mosqueda
Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, and the Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse
Tim Platts-Mills
Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bonnie Olsen
Vice Chair for Research and Professor of Clinical Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Tony Rosen
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Julia Rowan
Postdoctoral Scholar at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Secure Old Age Research Lab
Sid Stahl
Chief, Behavioral Processes Branch (ret.), Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes
Karl Urban
Senior Research Manager with Walter R. McDonald and Associates
Page Ulrey
Attorney of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender in Seattle
Stephanie Eliason
Elder Rights Team Lead in the U.S. Administration for Community Living

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.

Congratulations to the 2020 Tamkin Scholars!

Athena Chung Yin Chan is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Minnesota studying Family Social Science. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hong Kong. As an international emerging scholar passionate in gerontology and prevention science, she would like to translate elder abuse research into practice with a cultural lens. Her research interests are family dynamics and family resilience, particularly understanding how and why elder abuse occurs within the family, as well as how older adults and their concerned family members maintain family relationships in response to the trauma.

E-Shien (Iggy) Chang is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Social and Behavior Sciences, Yale School of Public Health. Ms. Chang has a demonstrated interest in improving the evidence around social determinants of health among underserved older adults through the lens of social justice, as reflected in over 30 peer-reviewed publications. Her research focuses on the intersection of elder abuse, family caregiving, and racial and ethnic minority health. Currently at Yale, her ongoing doctoral dissertation explores social and ultural risk factors for elder abuse at the individual, interpersonal, and structural levels. Prior to her doctoral studies, Ms. Chang served as the research manager for the PINE study, the largest population-based epidemiologic study on the etiology of elder abuse in the Chinese American community. To this end, she gained expertise in the design and implementation of culturally-tailored community-based interventions to raise awareness of elder abuse among immigrant communities. Ms. Chang earned her MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and BA in Journalism from the National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

Janne Myhre is a PhD candidate and Doctoral Academy scholar at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. She is part of a larger research project in Norway, with the main tittle: Abuse and neglect in residential care settings -A multi-method study on abuse and neglect of older patients in Norwegian nursing homes, funded y the Research council of Norway. Her research seeks to understand nursing home leader’s perception of elder abuse, how they detect abuse and how and what they follow up. Knowledge about nursing home leaders’ perceptions of elder abuse and neglect is of particular interest since their understanding of the phenomenon will affect what they signal to staff as important to report and how they investigate and follow up on adverse events to ensure safety for the residents.

For information on the past symposiums click here 2016 | 2018 | 2020

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.