Photo: Daniel Kiyoi

Photo: Daniel Kiyoi


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

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

Research Experience

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

Pre-doctoral Research and Teaching Assistant, USC Davis School of Gerontology
Graduate Advisor: Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D.

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

Selected Publications

Financial Exploitation & Fraud

DeLiema, M., Yonashiro-Cho, J., Gassoumis, Z. D., Yon, Y., & Conrad, K. (In press). Using latent class analysis to identify elder abuse perpetrators.The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

DeLiema, M. (In press). Elder fraud versus financial exploitation: Application of routine activities theory. The Gerontologist.

DeLiema, M. & Conrad, K. (In press). Elder financial exploitation. In X-Q. Dong (Ed.). Elder Abuse Research, Practice, and Policy.

DeLiema, M. & Deevy, M. (In press). Aging and exploitation: How should the financial service industry respond? In O. Mitchell (Ed.). Financial Decision Making and Retirement Security in an Aging World.

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., 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, July). 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

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

Bengston, 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., & Bengston, 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

"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

“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.