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Marie-Therese Connolly

Marie-Therese Connolly is the author of Aging Dangerously, a forthcoming book about elder abuse (W.W. Norton, 2019).  The book reveals the problem through many lenses, tracking the work of those who seek to stop it using medicine, social services, law, policy, forensics, finance, research, ethics, and advocacy.  She’s involved in several research projects to study how we define success in and the efficacy of several elder abuse interventions, including – prosecution, Adult Protective Services, client advocacy, caregiver and health system prevention measures, and multidisciplinary teams.  She has drafted numerous reports, including on the role of prosecutors on multidisciplinary teams, the relationship between state and local long-term care ombudsman, and she was the lead co-author of the Elder Justice Roadmap Report.

MT has received fellowships to support her work from the MacArthur Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.  She conceived of and was the original architect of the Elder Justice Act, enacted with the Affordable Care Act in 2010, has testified before Congress, the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, and works behind-the-scenes with law and policy-makers.  She was the founding coordinator of the DOJ’s Elder Justice Initiative, a role in which she guided theory and strategy in abuse and neglect cases, launched the federal Elder Justice Work Group, organized the first event on the medical-forensics of elder abuse, and co-funded the first research program dedicated to the study of elder abuse (at the National Institute of Justice).  MT has written for academic, policy and news publications.

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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.