Handling Cases Involving Elder Abuse. She has a B.A. from the University of Florida, and a J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center.

Robert B. Wallace is professor of epidemiology and internal medicine at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health and Medicine and interim director of the university’s Center on Aging. He has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and is now a senior adviser to it, and was also a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. He is currently chair of the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the Institute of Medicine. He served on the executive committee of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and was chair of the epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association. He is the author or coauthor of numerous publications and book chapters and has been the editor of four books, including the current edition of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. His research interests concern the causes and prevention of disabling conditions of older persons. He has had substantial experience in the conduct of both observational cohort studies of older persons and clinical trials, including preventive interventions related to osteoporotic fracture and coronary disease prevention. He is the site principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a national intervention trial exploring the prevention of breast and colon cancer and coronary disease. He has been a collaborator in several international studies of the prevention of chronic illness in older persons. He has a B.S.M in medicine (1964) and an M.D. (1967) from Northwestern University and an M.Sc. in epidemiology from the State University of New York, Buffalo (1972).


Ronald Acierno is assistant professor of psychiatry at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychopathology in older adults who have been victims of assault, abuse, neglect, and exploitation. He has a B.A. (with distinction) in psychology from the University of Virginia (1989) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Nova-Southeastern University (1996).

Marie-Therese Connolly, a senior trial counsel in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, coordinates its Nursing Home Initiative and elder justice activities. In that capacity, she coordinates the department’s internal efforts and works with federal, state, and local entities (and in particular with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), aca-

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