Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved. She is also an expert on medical education curricula design, development and implementation.
Prior to joining USC, Mosqueda served the past 16 years at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine as associate dean of primary care, chair and professor of family medicine and geriatrics, and holder of the the Ronald W. Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics. She was the principal investigator on a four-year, $2 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation that led to integration of geriatrics education throughout the UCI School of Medicine and was chair of the school’s committee that provided oversight of all medical education activities.
Mosqueda is the co-director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, a federally-funded initiative that serves as the nation’s coordinating body and clearinghouse for information on research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. She is the principal investigator for a major Health and Human Services-funded study that addresses primary and secondary prevention of the abuse of people who have a dementing illness, and is the leader of numerous other activities related to elder justice.
Areas of Expertise (5)
University of Southern California: M.D., Medicine 1987
Occidental College: B.Sc., Biology 1981
- National Center for Elder Abuse : Director
- California Forensic Science Institute : Board of Directors
- Academy on Violence and Abuse : Member
- American Academy of Family Practice : Member and Fellow
- American Geriatrics Society : Member and Fellow
- Gerontological Society of America : Member
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine : Member
Media Appearances (5)
What Prompts Elder Abuse? This Doctor Found Out
Dr. Laura Mosqueda, associate dean of primary care at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and director of the National Center on Elder Abuse and one of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging, praised Rosen’s research. “It’s great because it’s rigorous,” she said. One particular element Mosqueda found notable: the high percentage of abusers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “Is alcohol abuse a risk factor for violence behavior? It certainly seems like it is,” she said. Mosqueda offered a caveat to the research, however: it was looking at a specific population — that is, cases in which the police got involved and there were a charge and conviction on elder abuse. The results may or may not apply to cases that never saw the light of day...
Family Caregivers Conference Registration Open
Maui Now online
This year’s keynote speaker will once again be Dr. Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved. Dr. Mosqueda is also an expert on medical education curricula design, development and implementation...
How To Live Independently As We Age
I later attended an engaging talk on ”The Risk of Abuse for Cognitively-Impaired Older Adults,” by Dr. Laura Mosqueda, director of the National Center on Elder Abuse and dean of primary care at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Sharing statistics showing that Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are expected to grow exponentially as the American population ages, Mosqueda said: “If ever there was an epidemic that we knew was coming, this is it, and we are not prepared for it.”...
USC alum crusades against elder abuse
USC News online
A year ago, Mosqueda joined USC as chair of the Department of Family Medicine and associate dean of primary care at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. It was a homecoming in many ways for the Keck School graduate and lifelong member of the Trojan Family.
Alumna brings proven track record to new post at Keck School
USC News online
Laura Mosqueda MD ’87 has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine, professor of family medicine and geriatrics (clinical scholar) and associate dean of primary care at the Keck School of Medicine of USC...
Featured Articles (5)
Injury Patterns and Causal Mechanisms of Bruising in Physical Elder AbuseJournal of Forensic Nursing
2013 The recognition of injury patterns can aid forensic nurses to identify victims of elder abuse. This study examined the mechanism of injury of bruises endured by physical elder abuse victims. A sample of 67 elders aged 65 years and older who reported to Adult Protective Services for physical elder abuse was included in the analysis. A research nurse conducted assessments and documented the presence and characteristics of all bruises.
Screening for abuse and neglect of people with dementiaJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
2010 OBJECTIVE: To investigate characteristics of people with dementia and their caregivers (CGs) that are associated with mistreatment in order to inform clinicians about screening for mistreatment...
Bruising as a marker of physical elder abuseJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
2009 DESIGN: Consenting older adults were examined to document location and size of bruises and assess whether they were inflicted during physical abuse. An expert panel confirmed physical abuse. Findings were compared with results of an earlier study of accidental ...
Primary care for adults with physical disabilities: perceptions from consumer and provider focus groups.Family Medicine
2008 ABSTRACT: Family physicians lack data on how best to address the needs of adults with physical disabilities. We undertook this study to understand how consumers, educators, and other professionals perceive primary care for people with disabilities...
The life cycle of bruises in older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
2005 OBJECTIVES: To summarize the occurrence, progression, and resolution of accidentally acquired bruises in a sample of adults aged 65 and older. The systematic documentation of accidentally occurring bruises in older adults could provide a foundation for comparison ...