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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Early Bird Rate: $250          Registered on or before January 13, 2020
Regular Rate: $300             Registered after January 13, 2020
Student Rate: $200            Student eligibility will be verified


Hotel Accommodations


Program Agenda

*Subject to change


The Keck School of Medicine of USC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of re-certification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.


Georgia Anetzberger
Consultant in Private Practice and Adjunct Faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University
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
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
RN, MSc, PhD
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
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle, Washington
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.

Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in a Graduate, Doctoral, or Postdoctoral program.

Tamkin Scholar Award applications are now closed


The Westin Pasadena

191 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
T: 626-792-2727

The 2020 meeting group rate is noted below.  To make your hotel reservations please contact the Westin Pasadena directly at 866-837-4181 and mention you are with the 2020 USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse meeting.  The Westin Pasadena in located conveniently 20 minutes away from the Bob Hope/Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) or 40 minutes away from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Group Rate: $189 (Single/Double Occupancy)
This rate is subject to applicable state and local taxes.  Make sure to book your hotel reservation by Wednesday, February 5, 2020 to receive the group rate.

To make your hotel reservations online, please click here.

We would like to make you aware of a situation that has been affecting conferences nationwide.   There are companies (Convention Housing Services, Global Housing, Global Travel, etc.) who claim to be the official housing bureau and ask to “assist” you with hotel reservations.  They may disguise themselves as part of the USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse or may claim to represent the Westin Pasadena and note they can get better rates, the room block is filled, or use other sales pitch methods.   They are NOT the official housing bureau and are NOT affiliated with the USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse in any way.

If you receive a call from any company claiming to represent USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse, be aware that this is probably a scam and do not make the reservation or provide your credit card information. Please make your reservations directly with the Westin Pasadena by using the online reservation link above or call the Westin Pasadena at the 866-837-4181.

If you are contacted by any such company, please ask for the company name, phone number and contact that called (email if possible) and send to christines@bscmanage.com.

Exhibit Opportunities

View the exhibit opportunities here.
We invite you to join us and share your resources to help further the mission of this symposium. If you are interested in purchasing an exhibit table for the USC Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse, please contact Christine Sass at christines@bscmanage.com for more information and availability. Space is limited.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the meeting, please contact Christine Sass.

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding the symposium, please join our mailing list.

For information on the past symposiums click here 2016 | 2018

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.