I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Center on Longevity in the Financial Security Division. My work focuses on identifying the demographic, psychological, social, and contextual factors related to financial victimization, and identifying the prevalence and cost of financial fraud in the US. I have experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods having led focus groups, published case studies, and analyzed longitudinal data with tens of thousands of respondents. Shaped by my interdisciplinary training and research background, I define successful aging as maintaining good physical and mental functioning, cultivating meaningful social relationships, and being financially secure throughout the life course. An important component of financial security is avoiding financial abuse and fraud, yet scam victimization causes millions of Americans to become financially fragile in older age. Victims also suffer from depression, shame, debt, and loss of financial independence. My career objective is to generate and test novel interventions that protect consumers from financial victimization, in addition to understanding the factors that make some people more vulnerable to scams and fraud.
Prior to Stanford I received a Ph.D. in Gerontology from USC's School of Gerontology and a B.S. in biological psychology from UCLA. At USC I conducted research on elder abuse and neglect in communities, evaluatedoutcomes of a multidisciplinary team response to abuse, and studied the tactics scam artists use to deceive older adults. In addition to my work on fraud and financial abuse, I have published studies on how older adults from different racial/ethnic backgrounds define elder abuse and how mandatory reporters and adult protective services workers perceive elder abuse response.