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The mission of the USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse is to create safe and healthy environments for all older adults, here and across the world, by bringing researchers, practitioners, advocates, thought leaders, lawmakers, and other stakeholders together to share findings, strategize solutions, and help shape and propel the field of elder justice.

This year we will focus on the Elder Mistreatment Ecosystem: Emerging Innovations and Evolving Ideas. The latest research to practice developments will be addressed, including elder financial exploitation, abuse across the lifespan, and person-centered, trauma-informed care, among other current and compelling topics.

Registration is now open

The symposium is a boutique event and registration is limited to 200 in order to preserve the intimate, informal opportunities for learning, input, and conversation. Reserve your spot now!


Early Bird Rate: $375 (register on or before December 1, 2023)
Regular Rate: $425 (register after December 1, 2023)
Student Rate: $250 (student eligibility will be verified)

Submit a Poster Abstract

The Tamkin Symposium seeks submissions that address topics related to elder mistreatment. Our theme this year will be: The Elder Mistreatment Ecosystem: Emerging Innovations and Evolving Ideas. Particular emphasis will be on scholarship regarding underrepresented and underserved populations.

Poster submission deadline September 29, 2023

Tamkin Scholar

The USC Judith D. Tamkin Symposium Committee will award travel stipends to two students who demonstrate a strong interest in elder abuse research. The Tamkin Scholar Award is intended to stimulate interest in elder abuse research and facilitate attendance at the Symposium.

Tamkin Scholar submission deadline September 1, 2023. The application window has now been closed.


Agenda Overview 

* Agenda is subject to change


*Click on the photo to view the full biography

Jennie Chin Hansen
Advisory Member at Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, Former CEO of American Geriatrics Society
M.T. Connolly
Writer, lawyer, researcher, author MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Founder of the Elder Justice Lab, Adjunct faculty at USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Page Ulrey
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Elder Abuse Project, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Tova Band-Winterstein
Professor at the Department of Gerontology, Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel, Head of the Minerva Center on Intersectionality in Aging (MCIA)
David Burnes
Canada Research Chair in Older Adult Mistreatment Prevention, Professor, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Affiliate Scientist, Baycrest, Rotman Research Institute
E-Shien (Iggy) Chang
Assistant Professor of Gerontology in Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Sandra Edmonds Crewe
Dean, Howard University School of Social Work, Professor of Social Work, Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership
Melissa S. Gerald
Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Duke Han
Director, Neuropsychology Division Department of Family Medicine, Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, and Gerontology, Keck School of Medicine of USC University of Southern California
Chris Herman
Senior Practice Associate – Aging National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Todd I. Herrenkohl
Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families, Editor, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Andy Mao
Deputy Director (Fraud Section)/Elder Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice
Leah Bergen Miller
Director of Center on Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma, JFNA
Laura Mosqueda
Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, Director, National Center on Elder Abuse, Keck School of Medicine of USC University of Southern California
Monique Renae Pappadis
Associate Professor (tenured), The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Public and Population Health, Department of Population Health and Health Disparities
Frank Puga
Assistant Professor, Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care, UAB School of Nursing | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jennifer Storey
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Progression Monitoring Lead for PGR Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP), School of Psychology, Keynes College University of Kent
Gali Weissberger
Senior Lecturer, Bar-Ilan University
Stacey Wood
Molly Mason Jones Professor of Psychology, Scripps College in Claremont, CA
Kate Wilber
Professor of Gerontology, Mary Pickford Foundation Chair in Gerontology, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology University of Southern California


Accreditation Statement

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Support the USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse as a sponsor and join our esteemed group of influential attendees in the field of elder justice. Engage directly with individuals who play a pivotal role in shaping and advancing the field. By participating, you’ll have a unique opportunity to connect with those actively driving innovation and change in the elder mistreatment ecosystem.

For more information on the different opportunities, please contact Miranda Chinichian, Meeting Planner at email: miranda@bscmanage.com.


The Westin Pasadena


191 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
T: 626-792-2727

The last day to book is Friday, February 2, 2024 for the special group rate. 

Book your room now!

For questions regarding the meeting, please contact our BSC events manager Miranda Chinichian miranda@bscmanage.com  or 310-437-0555 x180.

For information on the past symposiums click here