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Melissa Gerald

Melissa Gerald (she/her/hers) is a Program Director in the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), where she directs research and training programs on Family and Interpersonal Relationships; Behavioral and Social Research on Aging in Animals; Priority and Vulnerable Populations; and Capacity Development for Aging Researchers from Diverse Backgrounds.Gerald is also NIA’s liaison to the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research and represents BSR on NIA’s Diversity Supplement committee and HIV/AIDS Working Group and NIA on NIH’s Violence Research Working Group and Sexual & Gender Minority Research Coordinating Committee. In addition, she represents NIH on the Elder Justice Interagency Working Group and as a federal member of the Family Caregiving Advisory Council overseen by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining BSR, Gerald served as a scientific review officer at NIH’s Center for Scientific Review. Prior to coming to NIH, Gerald was Associate Professor in the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus’s Department of Internal Medicine and Scientist-in-Charge of the Cayo Santiago research colony of free-ranging rhesus macaques. Gerald received postdoctoral training in behavioral neuroendocrinology through an Intramural Training Research Award at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research’s Laboratory of Clinical Studies, Primate Unit. Gerald received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA.

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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.