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.
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.