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Laura Mosqueda, MD
Chair and Professor of Family Medicine (Clinical Scholar)
Family Medicine
HSA Unit 22 A-6 6426 1000 S. Fremont Avenue Health Sciences Campus Alhambra


Laura Mosqueda, M.D., is a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. She also serves as the associate dean of Primary Care and the chair of the Department of Family Medicine. In addition, she is the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, which focuses on information regarding policy, research, training and resources related to neglect and exploitation of the elderly for policy makers, professional and the public.
In 2003, Dr. Mosqueda founded the first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in the United States, in an effort to build teams that collaborate across expertise to assist with the evaluation and interventions for complicated cases of suspected elder abuse. Throughout her professional career, she has been involved in extensive research in the field and this year, she was awarded a three-year, $2.5 million federal grant to promote care of older adults by bolstering interprofessional teamwork and enhancing the education of healthcare professional students. While teaching professionals in medicine, criminal justice and social services, she continues to see victims of abuse and neglect in her role as a doctor. Dr. Mosqueda has written extensively on topics in the area of elder care and been published in top scientific journals and textbooks.


Mosqueda L, Burnight K, Gironda MW, Moore AA, Robinson J, Olsen B. The Abuse Intervention Model: A Pragmatic Approach to Intervention for Elder Mistreatment. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Sep; 64(9):1879-83. View in: PubMed

Gironda MW, Nguyen AL, Mosqueda LM. Is This Broken Bone Because of Abuse? Characteristics and Comorbid Diagnoses in Older Adults with Fractures. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jul 15. View in: PubMed

Nguyen AL, Angulo M, Haghi LL, Cruz M, Nikroo N, Peraza S, Bennink J, Duru OK, Moore AA, Mosqueda LA. A clinic-based pilot intervention to enhance diabetes management for elderly Hispanic patients. J Health Environ Educ. 2016; 8:1-6. View in: PubMed

Kogan AC, Wilber K, Mosqueda L. Person-Centered Care for Older Adults with Chronic Conditions and Functional Impairment: A Systematic Literature Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jan; 64(1):e1-7. View in: PubMed

Coulourides Kogan A, Wilber K, Mosqueda L. Moving Toward Implementation of Person-Centered Care for Older Adults in Community-Based Medical and Social Service Settings: "You Only Get Things Done When Working in Concert with Clients". J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jan; 64(1):e8-e14. View in: PubMed

Mosqueda L, Wiglesworth A, Moore AA, Nguyen A, Gironda M, Gibbs L. Variability in Findings From Adult Protective Services Investigations of Elder Abuse in California. J Evid Inf Soc Work. 2015 Jun 10; 1-11. View in: PubMed

Gibbs LM, Mosqueda L. Medical implications of elder abuse and neglect. Clin Geriatr Med. 2014 Nov; 30(4):xv-xvi. View in: PubMed

Leipzig RM, Sauvigné K, Granville LJ, Harper GM, Kirk LM, Levine SA, Mosqueda L, Parks SM, Fernandez HM. What Is a Geriatrician? American Geriatrics Society and Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs End-of-Training Entrustable Professional Activities for Geriatric Medicine. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 May; 62(5):924-9. View in: PubMed

Ziminski CE, Wiglesworth A, Austin R, Phillips LR, Mosqueda L. Injury patterns and causal mechanisms of bruising in physical elder abuse. J Forensic Nurs. 2013 Apr-Jun; 9(2):84-91; quiz E1-2. View in: PubMed

Dong X, Simon MA, Mosqueda L, Evans DA. The prevalence of elder self-neglect in a community-dwelling population: hoarding, hygiene, and environmental hazards. J Aging Health. 2012 Apr; 24(3):507-24. View in: PubMed

Mosqueda L, Dong X. Elder abuse and self-neglect: "I don't care anything about going to the doctor, to be honest. . . ". JAMA. 2011 Aug 3; 306(5):532-40. View in: PubMed

Schneider DC, Mosqueda L, Falk E, Huba GJ. Elder abuse forensic centers. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2010 Jul; 22(3-4):255-74. View in: PubMed

Falk E, Landsverk E, Mosqueda L, Olsen BJ, Schneider DC, Bernatz S, Wood S. Geriatricians and psychologists: essential ingredients in the evaluation of elder abuse and neglect. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2010 Jul; 22(3-4):281-90. View in: PubMed

Mosqueda L. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. Introduction. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2010 Jul; 22(3-4):219-20. View in: PubMed

Giles L, Brewer ET, Mosqueda L, Huba GJ, Melchior LA. Vision for 2020. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2010 Jul; 22(3-4):375-86. View in: PubMed

Chen EA, Twomey MS, Mosqueda L. The center of excellence on elder abuse and neglect at the University of California, Irvine. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2010 Jul; 22(3-4):247-54. View in: PubMed

Wiglesworth A, Mosqueda L, Mulnard R, Liao S, Gibbs L, Fitzgerald W. Screening for abuse and neglect of people with dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Mar; 58(3):493-500. View in: PubMed

Wiglesworth A, Austin R, Corona M, Schneider D, Liao S, Gibbs L, Mosqueda L. Bruising as a marker of physical elder abuse. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jul; 57(7):1191-6. View in: PubMed

Mosqueda L, Brandl B, Otto J, Stiegel L, Thomas R, Heisler C. Consortium for research in elder self-neglect of Texas research: advancing the field for practitioners. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Nov; 56 Suppl 2:S276-80. View in: PubMed

Morrison EH, George V, Mosqueda L. Primary care for adults with physical disabilities: perceptions from consumer and provider focus groups. Fam Med. 2008 Oct; 40(9):645-51. View in: PubMed

Mukamel DB, Glance LG, Li Y, Weimer DL, Spector WD, Zinn JS, Mosqueda L. Does risk adjustment of the CMS quality measures for nursing homes matter? Med Care. 2008 May; 46(5):532-41. View in: PubMed

Wiglesworth A, Kemp B, Mosqueda L. Combating elder and dependent adult mistreatment: the role of the clinical psychologist. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2008; 20(3):207-30. View in: PubMed

Liao S, Mosqueda L. Physical abuse of the elderly: the medical director's response. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2007 Mar; 8(3 Suppl 2):e61-4. View in: PubMed

Gibbs LM, Mosqueda L. The importance of reporting mistreatment of the elderly. Am Fam Physician. 2007 Mar 1; 75(5):628. View in: PubMed

Liao S, Mosqueda L. Physical abuse of the elderly: the medical director's response. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2006 May; 7(4):242-5. View in: PubMed

Wiglesworth A, Mosqueda L, Burnight K, Younglove T, Jeske D. Findings from an elder abuse forensic center. Gerontologist. 2006 Apr; 46(2):277-83. View in: PubMed

Fitzpatrick C, Musser A, Mosqueda L, Boker J, Prislin M. Student Senior Partnership Program: University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2006; 27(2):25-35. View in: PubMed

Mosqueda L, Burnight K, Liao S. The life cycle of bruises in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Aug; 53(8):1339-43. View in: PubMed

Kemp BJ, Mosqueda LA. Elder financial abuse: an evaluation framework and supporting evidence. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Jul; 53(7):1123-7. View in: PubMed

Mosqueda L, Burnight K, Liao S, Kemp B. Advancing the field of elder mistreatment: a new model for integration of social and medical services. Gerontologist. 2004 Oct; 44(5):703-8. View in: PubMed

Musser AE, Fitzpatrick C, Mosqueda L. University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. Acad Med. 2004 Jul; 79(7 Suppl):S11-6. View in: PubMed

Shapiro J, Mosqueda L, Botros D. A caring partnership: expectations of ageing persons with disabilities for their primary care doctors. Fam Pract. 2003 Dec; 20(6):635-41. View in: PubMed

Heath JM, Dyer CB, Kerzner LJ, Mosqueda L, Murphy C. Four models of medical education about elder mistreatment. Acad Med. 2002 Nov; 77(11):1101-6. View in: PubMed

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