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.