Photo credit: Daniel Kiyoi

Photo credit: Daniel Kiyoi


Ph.D. Gerontology
University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology

B.S. Psychological Biology
University of California, Los Angeles

Research Appointments

August 2019
Assistant Professor of Research, School of Social Work         
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Research Scholar, Stanford Center on Longevity          
Faculty Advisor: Laura Carstensen, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford Psychology Department        
Faculty Advisor: Laura Carstensen, Ph.D.

Pre-doctoral Research and Teaching Assistant, USC Davis School of Gerontology    
Graduate Advisor: Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D. (primary) & Eileen Crimmins, Ph.D. (secondary)

Clinical Research Coordinator, UCLA Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Principal Investigator: Helen Lavretsky, M.D.Ed

Selected Publications

Financial Exploitation & Fraud

Burnes, D., DeLiema, M., & Langton, L. (Under review). Determinants of identity theft prevention.

DeLiema, M., Pak, K., & Shadel, D. (In press). Profiling Victims of Investment Fraud: Mindsets and Risky Behaviors. Journal of Consumer Research.

DeLiema, M., Deevy, M., Lusardi, A., & Mitchell, O. S. (2018). Financial fraud among older Americans: Evidence and implications. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gby151.

Kircanski, K., Notthoff, N., DeLiema, M., Samanez-Larkin, G. R., Shadel, D., Mottola, G., Carstensen, L. L. & Gotlib, I. H. (2018). Emotional arousal may increase susceptibility to fraud in older and younger adults. Psychology & Aging, 33(2), 325-337. PMID: 29658750

DeLiema, M. (2018). Elder fraud versus financial exploitation: Application of routine activities theory. The Gerontologist, 58(4), 706-718. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw258. PMID: 28329818

DeLiema, M. & Conrad, K. (2017). Elder financial exploitation. In X-Q. Dong (Ed.), Elder Abuse research, practice, and policy (pp. 141-157). Gewerbestrasse, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

DeLiema, M., Deevy, M., Mottola, G. (2017). Findings from a Pilot Study to Measure Financial Fraud in the United States. Final report by the Stanford Center on Longevity and FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Download here.

DeLiema, M. & Deevy, M. (2017). Aging and exploitation: How should the financial service industry respond? In O. Mitchell, P. B. Hammond & S. P. Utkus (Eds.), Financial Decision Making and Retirement Security in an Aging World (pp. 153-184). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

DeLiema, M., Yon, Y., & Wilber, K. H. (2016). Tricks of the trade: Motivating sales agents to con older adults. The Gerontologist, 56(2), 335-344. PMID: 24829307

Beals, M., DeLiema, M., & Deevy, M. (2015). Framework for a taxonomy of fraud. Final report by the Financial Fraud Research Center at Stanford Center on Longevity and FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Download here.

Elder Abuse & Neglect

Beach, S. R., Liu, P-J., DeLiema, M., Iris, M., Howe, M., & Conrad, K. J. (2017). Development of short form measures to assess four types of elder mistreatment: Findings from an evidence-based study of APS elder abuse substantiation decisions. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. 29(4), 229-253. PMID: 28590799

DeLiema, M., Yonashiro-Cho, J., Gassoumis, Z. D., Yon, Y., & Conrad, K. (2017). Using latent class analysis to identify elder abuse perpetrators. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 73(5), e49–e58. PMID: 28329841

DeLiema, M., Navarro, A., Moss, M. & Wilber, K. H. (2016). Prosecutors’ perspectives on elder justice using an elder abuse forensic center. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(4), 780–795. doi:10.1007/s12103-015-9321-7

DeLiema, M., Homeier, D., Anglin, D., Li, D., & Wilber, K. H. (2016). The forensic lens: A tool to identify elder neglect. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 68(3), 371–377. PMID: 27005449

Navarro, A. E., Wysong, J., DeLiema, M., Schwartz, E., Nichol, M. B. & Wilber, K. H. (2016). Inside the black box: The interprofessional case review process of a forensic center. The Gerontologist, Practice Concepts, 56(4), 772-781. PMID: 26248723

DeLiema, M., Navarro, A., Enguidanos, S., & Wilber, K. H. (2015). Voices from the frontlines: Examining elder abuse from multiple professional perspectives. Health and Social Work, 40(2), e15-e24. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlv012

Enguidanos, S., DeLiema, M., Aguilar, I., Lambrinos, J., & Wilber, K. H. (2014). Multicultural voices: Attitudes of older adults in the United States about elder abuse. Ageing & Society, 34, 877-903. PMID: 25364064

DeLiema, M., Gassoumis, Z. D., Homeier, D. & Wilber, K. H. (2012). Determining prevalence and correlates of elder abuse using Promotores: Low income immigrant Latinos report high rates of abuse and neglect. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(7), 1333-1339. PMID: 22697790

Other subjects

Carstensen, L. L. & DeLiema, M. (2018). The positivity effect: A negativity bias in youth fades with age. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 19, 7-12. doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.07.009

Bengtson, V. L., & DeLiema, M. (2016). Theories of aging and social gerontology: Explaining how social factors influence well-being in later life. (pp. 25-56). In M. Harrington-Meyer and E. A. Daniele (Eds.). Praeger Handbook of Aging Volume 1.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

DeLiema, M., & Bengtson, V. L. (2016). The history of disengagement, activity, and successful aging theories. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. New York, NY: Springer.

Newquist, D., DeLiema, M., & Wilber, K. H. (2015). Beware of data gaps in home care research: The streetlight effect and its implications for policy making on long-term services and supports. Medical Care Research and Review, 72(5), 622-640. PMID: 26062611

Lavretsky, H., Alstein, L. L., Olmstead, R. E., Ercoli, L. M., Riparetti-Brown, M., St. Cyr, N. & Irwin, M. I. (2011). Complementary use of tai chi chih augments escitalopram treatment of geriatric depression: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19(10), 839–850. PMID: 21358389

Selected Academic Presentations

"Estimating the Impact of Fraud in the United States" (2017). International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA

"Investment Mindset and Behavioral Characteristics of Older Victims of Investment Fraud" (2017). International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA

"The Victims of Investment Fraud" (2017). Affective Science Seminar, Stanford, CA.

 “Developing a Framework and Prevalence Survey to Measure Financial Fraud” (2016).  Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA

“Aging and Exploitation: How Should the Financial Service Industry Respond?” (2016). Pension Research Council Annual Symposium, Philadelphia, PA

“Fraud vs. Financial Abuse: The Etiology of Two Types of Elder Financial Exploitation” (2015). Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL

“They’re Not all the Same: Using Latent Class Analysis to Categorize Elder Abusers” (2015). Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL

“How to Con Older Adults: Persuasion Tactics” (2015). Stanford Affective Science Seminar, Stanford, CA

“Identifying Victims of Fraud” (2014). Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington DC.

“Tricks of the Trade: Motivating Sales Agents to Con Older Adults” (2013). Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

“Perceptions of Mandatory Reporting by Health Care Professionals and Adult Protective Service Workers.” (2012). Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

“Breaking Barriers: Using Promotores to Examine the Prevalence and Correlates of Elder Abuse and Neglect.” (2012). International Conference on Aging in the Americas Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Invited Presentations

“The Impact of Social Relationships on Fraud and Exploitation: Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Perspectives” (2018). A “research to practice (R2P)” webinar hosted by the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

"Strategies for Protecting the Next Generation of Aging Consumers" (2016). The Changing Consumer Demographics. The Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

“Financial Fraud in America” (2016). The State of Financial Fraud in America, Washington, DC

“Elder Abuse in Long-Term Care” (2015). Retirement Housing Federation’s 54th Annual Conference, Cerritos, CA

“Elder Abuse in Long-Term Care: Myths, Realities & Solutions” (2014). Executive Directors Leadership Initiative at the Assisted Living Federation of America’s Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

“Mitigating Financial Abuse: Innovative Tools & Techniques” (2014).  Western Region Geriatric Care Managers Conference, Long Beach, CA

“Gear-Up” A New App to Inform People About Elder Abuse” (2014).  What’s Hot in Aging at USC: The Digital Aging Revolution, Los Angeles, CA.

“Elder Abuse in the Community: Prevalence, Risk Factors, & Solutions” (2012). Keynote address -- Elder Abuse Prevention Roundtable, Fresno, CA.


Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Certificate Program in Life-Span Financial Wellness (Summer 2014, USC)

  • Course designed to teach financial advisors about aging

  • Role: Instructor – developed course content, script, visuals; presented eight lectures filmed in a professional studio

Policy, Values, & Power in an Aging Society (Spring 2013, 2014,  USC)

  • Undergraduate gerontology course in public policy and aging

  • Role: Teaching assistant – guest lectured (two classes per semester), assisted with syllabus design, wrote and graded student exams and papers, led interactive classroom activities, mentored student groups on course assignments, led test prep sessions

Social Policy & Aging (Fall 2013, USC)

  • Blended Master’s level gerontology course (25 students enrolled online and 25 attended in-class lectures)

  • Role: Teaching assistant – guest lectured on elder abuse, managed discussion board and virtual message board for students participating remotely, assisted with syllabus design including selecting reading assignments, wrote exams, graded student exams and papers