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Wurzweiler Professor Receives Award for Research on Elder Abuse and Violence

Dr. Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, Dr. Robert Geffner and Sandi Capuano-Morrisson at the Institute of Violence, Abuse and Trauma's (IVAT) International Summit in San Diego. Dr. Robert Geffner (center) and Sandi Capuano-Morrisson (right) present Dr. Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey (left) with the Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Award.

Dr. Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, associate professor and director of the Ph.D. program at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, was awarded the 2022 Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Award, which is given to either an individual or organization that has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the ideals of Rosalie Wolf to prevent and reduce the incidence of elder abuse through research, education, policy or practice.

This Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Award is dedicated to the memory of Rosalie S. Wolf, Ph.D., who was the driving force behind the elder abuse prevention movement. Dr. Wolf founded and served as the president of NCPEA, edited the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, conducted groundbreaking research and served as the founding chairperson of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).

The award was conferred on Aug. 30 at the Institute of Violence, Abuse and Trauma's (IVAT) International Summit in San Diego, whose theme was "Amplifying Voices for Recovery, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Reformation."