Laura Mosqueda, MD
Laura Mosqueda, MD is the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics and a professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. An accomplished physician and researcher, Dr. Mosqueda is a national and international expert on elder abuse and neglect. She has testified in front of Congress and has been invited to the White House to discuss elder justice initiatives. She has taken the lead on landmark studies to identify forensic markers of abuse and neglect and has numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as publications for the legal community. Mosqueda created the nation's first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in 2006, a model that has been replicated across the United States and was written in to federal legislation (the Elder Justice Act). She works with community partners to implement changes that cross medical,social, mental health and criminal justi ce systems and has worked in the field, going on house calls with Adult Protective Service workers and law enforcement. She is the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, a $2.95 million federally-funded initiative which focuses on information regarding policy, research, training, and resources related to the neglect and exploitation of older adults for policymakers, professionals, and the public.