2016 USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse

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.

This inaugural symposium called for researchers, academics, physicians, nurses, and psychologists to attend in an endeavor to Close the Research Gaps and Move the Field of Elder Abuse Forward. The symposium was held September 15-16, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA.

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Click here for the final 2016 program including general meeting information, the conference agenda, and speaker information. For presentation materials, click here.


As part of the USC Judith D. Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse’s mission, we were 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.

Congratulations to our 2016 Tamkin Scholars!
Elizabeth Bloemen, MPH
Joao F. Fundinho, MS
Katelyn Jetelina, MPH


team_anetzberger_georgiaGeorgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW
team_bernard_marieMarie A. Bernard, MD
burnes_davidDavid Burnes, BSc, MSW, PhD
Marie-Therese Connolly
Kristin J. Craun, MPH, CIP

Jeff Hall, PhD MSPH, CPH
han_dukeDuke Han, PhD, ABPP-CN
kendall_taylor_natNat Kendall-Taylor, PhD
team_kullman_mary-ellenMary Ellen Kullman, MPH
Wenche Malmedal, RN, MSc, PhD
Andy Mao, JD
mosqueda_lauraLaura Mosqueda, MD
team_mulford_carrieCarrie Mulford, PhD
olsen_bonnieBonnie Olsen, PhD
team_pickering_carolynCarolyn E Ziminski Pickering, PhD, RN
pillemer_karlKarl Pillemer, PhD
team_stahl_sidneySidney M. Stahl, PhD
wilber_kathleenKate Wilber, PhD

David Zimmerman, PhD

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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.