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Joanne Cohen Hamilton, PhD

Dr. Joanne Cohen Hamilton has studied financial abuse of elders since 2009. Her research involves a mixed methods approach that integrates case data with multidisciplinary research primarily from the fields of geriatric social work, political science, and criminal justice. Financial abuse of elders is nearly as common as neglect of elders. Its perpetration follows predictable patterns. Its victims have similar reasons for falling prey, being reluctant to disclose, and being unlikely to report. Family and community impact of financial abuse can be devastating. A multidisciplinary treatment model similar to the National Child Advocacy Model will be recommended for identifying and treating financial abuse.