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Melissa Howe, PhD


Dr. Melissa Howe is a Research Scientist in the Academic Research Centers at NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC). Since obtaining her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2013, Dr. Howe has served as Program Coordinator for the NIA funded, National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP). Her research interests include elder mistreatment, elder care, and cross-cultural studies of health and wellbeing among older adults. In preparation for data collection from NSHAP returning respondents in 2015-16, Dr. Howe coordinated development of the enhanced Wave 3 elder mistreatment survey module. She is Principal Investigator of the Positive Aging for Latinos Study (PALS), a one-year community based participatory research project, funded by Mather LifeWays, and directs a NORC funded study of Public Awareness of Elder Financial Exploitation in the United States.

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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.