UCI gets $1 million to combat elder abuse

Laura Mosqueda
Orange, CA

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Laura Mosqueda, MD
Director, Program in Geriatrics and Professor of Family Medicine
UC Irvine
Dr. Laura Mosqueda is a world-renowned expert in the area of elder abuse. As the co-director of UC Irvine Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, she offers in depth insights into the causes and prevention of elder abuse. She also founded a forensic center on elder abuse.
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Laura Mosqueda, M.D. is the Director of Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine where she is also a Professor of Family Medicine, the Ronald W. Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Medical Director of the UC Irvine SeniorHealth Center.

Dr. Mosqueda is involved in clinical care, research, and medical education. Her areas of special interest are in dementia, disability, and elder abuse. She sees patients at the UC Irvine SeniorHealth Center and is consistently named among "Best Doctors" in America and "Physicians of Excellence" in Orange County, California.

Dr. Mosqueda is the co-director of UC Irvine Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect. Through direct service, research, advocacy, public awareness, and education, the Center serves victims of abuse, their loved ones, and professsionals. Dr. Mosqueda founded a forensic center on elder abuse which brings together people from social services, medicine, and law enforcement to meet on a weekly basis to review complicated cases of mistreatment in the community. 

Dr. Mosqueda has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and teaching courses on elder abuse for health care providers, social workers, law enforcement officers, judicial personnel, and prosecutors. She is also the founder of an Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Dr. Mosqueda’s areas of research include abuse of persons with dementia and forensic markers of elder mistreatment and she was on the National Academies Panel that produced the book entitled Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America. She has been the principal investigator on multiple grants focusing on Elder Abuse in the areas of prevention, forensic markers and education and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Mosqueda is the Principle Investigator on a $2-million, four-year grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to improve medical education regarding the care of older patients and help doctors nationwide to better communicate with their aging patients.

She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, National Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse as well as California Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Committee. Dr. Mosqueda received her MD degree and completed her residency and fellowship in Geriatrics from the University of Southern California.

Recent Publications/Appearances


October 14, 2012 UCIrvine " UC Irvine Release: UC Irvine gets $1 million to combat elder abuse ..."

January 12, 2012 USA Today "As USA grays, elder abuse risk and need for shelters grow"

June 8, 2011 HeraldOnline "Elderly services: A fine line between care and killing"

June 16, 2010 After the Cottage "Elder Abuse, UCI's Dr. Laura Mosqueda"

Dec 17, 2009 Moynihan Lyons "Dr. Laura Mosqueda on Alzheimer's, Aging, & Disability"

The John A. Hartford Foundation "Advocating for Abused and Neglected Seniors"


Lead by Dr. Mosqueda "UC Irvine receives $1.7 million federal grant to be National Center on Elder Abuse"



Wiglesworth A, Austin R, Corona M, Schneider, D, Liao S, Gibbs L, Mosqueda L, Bruising as a marker of Physical Elder Abuse. Journal of American Geriatrics Society. July 2009; 57(7) 1191-1196.

Mosqueda L, Brandl B, Otto J, Stiegel L, Thomas R, Heisler C, Consortium for Research in Elder Self-Neglect of Texas Research: Advancing the Field for Practitioners. Journal of American Geriatric Society. 2008 November; (56) S276-S280.

Morrison E, George V, Mosqueda L, Primary Care for Adults with Physical Disabilities: Perceptions from Consumer and Provider Focus Groups, Family Medicine, 2008 Oct; 40(9), 645-651.

Wiglesworth A, Kemp B, Mosqueda L. Combating Elder and Dependent Adult Mistreatment: The Role of the Clinical Psychologist. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 2008 July 20(3), 207-230. 

Gibbs L, Mosqueda L, Chen E, Williams B, Martinez R. Geriatric Pocket Doc 2007 August.

Gibbs, L, Mosqueda L. The importance of reporting mistreatment of the elderly. American Family Physician. March 2007;75(5):628. - Monograph
Wiglesworth A, Mosqueda L, Burnight K, Younglove T, Jeske D. Findings from an elder abuse forensic center. Gerontologist. April 2006;46(2):277-283.

Fitzpatrick C, Musser A, Mosqueda L, Boker J, Prislin M. Student Senior Partnership Program: University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 2006;27(2):25-35.      

Mosqueda L, Burnight K, Liao S. The life cycle of bruises in older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. August 2005;53(8):1339-1343.

Kemp BJ, Mosqueda LA. Elder financial abuse: an evaluation framework and supporting evidence. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. July 2005;53(7):1123-1127.      

Mosqueda L, Burnight K, Liao S, Kemp B. Advancing the field of elder mistreatment: a new model for integration of social and medical services. Gerontologist. October 2004;44(5):703-708.


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