The Evidence Hour: Preventing and Reducing Violence Against Older Adults
June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Despite the prevalence of elder abuse, there has been relatively little progress in identifying proven strategies to prevent or end abuse among older adults. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide an overview of elder abuse and present findings from a recent systematic review of reviews related to interventions. The practitioner and advocate reflection will be shared by the National Center on Elder Abuse.
Khiya Marshall Mullins, Dr.PH, MPH is a Behavioral Scientist in the Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center. Dr. Mullins received her Dr.PH and MPH from the University of North Texas Health Science Center – School of Public Health. Since 2009, she has worked on the prevention of HIV and AIDS and violence. This includes identifying evidence-based HIV interventions and best practices, and co-leading CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention Centers. Dr. Mullins also works to address health equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at CDC.
Jeffrey H. Herbst, PhD. is the Chief of the Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center. Dr. Herbst has a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Graduate School, Baltimore, and over 30 years of research and public health experience. He began his federal career in 1987 as a Psychologist with the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Baltimore where he conducted basic and applied research on individual differences in personality processes and traits. In 2002, he accepted a position with the Prevention Research Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at CDC. He led numerous systematic reviews and meta-analyses of HIV behavioral interventions for high-risk populations; served as a CDC scientist on numerous HIV prevention research studies, and led a team of scientists to advance HIV prevention operational and implementation research. In 2014, Dr. Herbst accepted the position of Branch Chief with the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC. He oversees a portfolio of research and evaluation studies to prevent multiple forms of violence in the United States. Dr. Herbst has published over 100 articles in psychology and public health.
Eden Ruiz-Lopez, MPA is the Assistant Deputy Director at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). She provides leadership and direction for day-to-day project operations and administrative activities. She contributes to the planning, design, development and implementation of the project’s objectives, procedures, budgets, processes and standards. She also coordinates with federal, state and local agencies and ensures grant compliance. Eden earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration at The University of Southern California.
Related systematic review:
- “Do interventions to prevent or stop abuse and neglect among older adults work? A systematic review of reviews” by et al. (2020). in Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. [Request the full-text from the CVR Research Librarian]