demics, advocates, providers, and others on nursing home and elder-related issues and cases. She has a B.A. from Stanford University, and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Rebecca Susan Dresser is Daniel Noyes Kirby professor of law at the Washington University School of Law. She has written extensively on legal and ethical issues in the progression of dementia, the end of life, and informed consent, among other areas. She has a B.A. in psychology and sociology (1973) and an M.S. in education (1975) from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1979).
Carmel Bitondo Dyer is associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine as well as co-director and founder of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute established in 1997. Her clinical interests include care of the elderly poor, elder mistreatment, dementia, delirium, depression, and geriatric assessment. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and has been the director of the geriatrics program at the Harris County Hospital District since completing her postgraduate training in 1993. She has an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine (1988).
Thomas L. Hafemeister is the director of legal studies at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy of the University of Virginia. He is also an instructor at the University of Virginia Law School and an associate professor of medical education in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical School. He has conducted research on a wide range of topics, including end-of-life decision making, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, public health law and the public health system, and tort law in the health care system. He has a J.D. from the University of Nebraska Law School (1982) and a Ph.D. in social psychology (1988) from the University of Nebraska as part of a joint J.D./Ph.D. degree program.
Catherine Hawes is professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Rural Public Health, at the Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center. She is also director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, one of six federally funded rural health research centers nationwide. She has been active in research, teaching, and policy making in long-term care for more than 25 years. She has a B.A. from Principia College and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Patricia J. McFeeley is assistant chief medical investigator for the state of New Mexico. She is certified in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. She has an undergraduate degree from Ohio