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Steven H. Zarit, PhD


Steven H. Zarit, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Gerontology, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden. Dr. Zarit received his doctoral in Human Development in 1973 from the University of Chicago. He has conducted pioneering research on caregiver burden and stress, and most recently has examined the role of adult day care in lowering stress and improving health for caregivers of people with dementia. He also studies family relationships across the life span and functioning and mental health in very old age. Dr. Zarit has been recognized for his many contributions to the field, including the Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Association of America, the M. Powell Lawton Awards from the American Psychological Association (Divisions 20 and 12-2) and the Gerontological Society of America, and the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Career Research Award from the College of Health and Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University.

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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.