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Kate Wilber, PhD

TitleMary Pickford Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentGerontology
Address3715 McClintock Avenue, GER 208H
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0191
Phone+1 213 740 1736
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    Dr. Wilber’s research has focused on improving the quality of life of people with chronic physical and mental health conditions, by improving the formal health and long term care delivery system. Her work on collaborative relationships among providers has examined cost effectiveness and health outcomes of different service delivery structures. This research includes outcomes research for older adults in managed care, the development and evaluation of chronic care models that link acute and long-term care, and the testing and translation of evidence-based long-term care interventions into practice settings.

    In addition to health care, Dr. Wilber’s research has focused on protective services including the identification and treatment of elder abuse, adult protective services, guardianship and conservatorship, and alternative supportive and surrogate decision-making approaches. She has authored over 100 articles, books, and book chapters. Dr. Wilber regularly teaches courses in public policy, administration, systems management, and long-term care.


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    Toward a Better Understanding of Elder Mistreatment in Community Settings
    NIH/NIA R21AG030661Sep 1, 2007 - Jun 30, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Meyer K, Rath L, Gassoumis Z, Kaiser N, Wilber K. What are Strategies to Advance Policies Supporting Family Caregivers?: Promising Approaches from a Statewide Task Force. J Aging Soc Policy. 2018 Jun 08. PMID: 29883273.
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    2. Meyer K, Yonashiro-Cho J, Gassoumis ZD, Mosqueda L, Han SD, Wilber K. What Can Elder Mistreatment Researchers Learn About Primary Prevention From Family Violence Intervention Models? Gerontologist. 2017 11 28. PMID: 29190372.
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    3. Yon Y, Mikton C, Gassoumis ZD, Wilber K. Research Protocol for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Elder Abuse Prevalence Studies. Can J Aging. 2017 Jun; 36(2):256-265. PMID: 28399951.
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    4. Quinn MJ, Nerenberg L, Navarro AE, Wilber K. Developing an undue influence screening tool for Adult Protective Services. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2017 Mar; 29(2-3):157-185. PMID: 28398137.
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    5. Yon Y, Mikton CR, Gassoumis ZD, Wilber K. Elder abuse prevalence in community settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 02; 5(2):e147-e156. PMID: 28104184.
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    6. Yon Y, Mikton C, Gassoumis ZD, Wilber K. The Prevalence of Self-Reported Elder Abuse Among Older Women in Community Settings: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2017 Jan 01; 1524838017697308. PMID: 29333977.
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    7. DeLiema M, Homeier DC, Anglin D, Li D, Wilber K. The Forensic Lens: Bringing Elder Neglect Into Focus in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Sep; 68(3):371-7. PMID: 27005449; PMCID: PMC5003723 [Available on 09/01/17].
    8. Navarro AE, Wysong J, DeLiema M, Schwartz EL, Nichol MB, Wilber K. Inside the Black Box: The Case Review Process of an Elder Abuse Forensic Center. Gerontologist. 2016 08; 56(4):772-81. PMID: 26248723; PMCID: PMC4944537 [Available on 08/01/17].
    9. Holup AA, Gassoumis ZD, Wilber K, Hyer K. Community Discharge of Nursing Home Residents: The Role of Facility Characteristics. Health Serv Res. 2016 Apr; 51(2):645-66. PMID: 26211390; PMCID: PMC4799895 [Available on 04/01/17].
    10. Newquist DD, DeLiema M, Wilber K. Beware of Data Gaps in Home Care Research: The Streetlight Effect and Its Implications for Policy Making on Long-Term Services and Supports. Med Care Res Rev. 2015 Oct; 72(5):622-40. PMID: 26062611; PMCID: PMC4710352.
    11. Gassoumis ZD, Navarro AE, Wilber K. Protecting victims of elder financial exploitation: the role of an Elder Abuse Forensic Center in referring victims for conservatorship. Aging Ment Health. 2015; 19(9):790-8. PMID: 25269384.
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    12. DeLiema M, Yon Y, Wilber K. Tricks of the Trade: Motivating Sales Agents to Con Older Adults. Gerontologist. 2016 Apr; 56(2):335-44. PMID: 24829307.
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    13. Wood S, Rakela B, Liu PJ, Navarro AE, Bernatz S, Wilber K, Allen R, Homeier D, Homier D. Neuropsychological profiles of victims of financial elder exploitation at the los angeles county elder abuse forensic center. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2014; 26(4):414-23. PMID: 24848863.
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    14. Gassoumis ZD, Fike KT, Rahman AN, Enguidanos SM, Wilber K. Who transitions to the community from nursing homes? Comparing patterns and predictors for short-stay and long-stay residents. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2013; 32(2):75-91. PMID: 23679659; PMCID: PMC3711511.
    15. DeLiema M, Gassoumis ZD, Homeier DC, Wilber K. Determining prevalence and correlates of elder abuse using promotores: low-income immigrant Latinos report high rates of abuse and neglect. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jul; 60(7):1333-9. PMID: 22697790; PMCID: PMC3396729.
    16. Navarro AE, Gassoumis ZD, Wilber K. Holding abusers accountable: an elder abuse forensic center increases criminal prosecution of financial exploitation. Gerontologist. 2013 Apr; 53(2):303-12. PMID: 22589024.
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    17. Navarro AE, Enguídanos S, Wilber K. Identifying risk of hospital readmission among Medicare aged patients: an approach using routinely collected data. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2012; 31(2):181-95. PMID: 22656916.
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    18. Conrad KJ, Iris M, Ridings JW, Fairman KP, Rosen A, Wilber K. Conceptual model and map of financial exploitation of older adults. J Elder Abuse Negl. 2011 Oct; 23(4):304-25. PMID: 21978290.
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    19. Zingmond DS, Ettner SL, Wilber K, Wenger NS. Association of claims-based quality of care measures with outcomes among community-dwelling vulnerable elders. Med Care. 2011 Jun; 49(6):553-9. PMID: 21499140; PMCID: PMC4535422.
    20. Yan T, Wilber K, Simmons WJ. Motivating high-risk older adults to exercise: does coaching matter? Home Health Care Serv Q. 2011 Apr; 30(2):84-95. PMID: 21590567.
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    21. Chang E, Wilber K, Silverstein M. The effects of childlessness on the care and psychological well-being of older adults with disabilities. Aging Ment Health. 2010 Aug; 14(6):712-9. PMID: 20544412.
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    22. Conrad KJ, Iris M, Ridings JW, Langley K, Wilber K. Self-report measure of financial exploitation of older adults. Gerontologist. 2010 Dec; 50(6):758-73. PMID: 20667945.
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    23. Thomas KE, Gassoumis ZD, Wilber K. Conversion diversion: participation in a social HMO reduces the likelihood of converting from short-stay to long-stay nursing facility placement. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2010 Jun; 11(5):333-7. PMID: 20511100; PMCID: PMC2879400.
    24. Navarro AE, Wilber K, Yonashiro J, Homeier DC. Do we really need another meeting? Lessons from the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center. Gerontologist. 2010 Oct; 50(5):702-11. PMID: 20233729.
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    25. Gassoumis ZD, Wilber K, Baker LA, Torres-Gil FM. Who are the Latino baby boomers? Demographic and economic characteristics of a hidden population. J Aging Soc Policy. 2010 Jan; 22(1):53-68. PMID: 20390712.
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    26. Yan T, Wilber K, Aguirre R, Trejo L. Do sedentary older adults benefit from community-based exercise? Results from the Active Start program. Gerontologist. 2009 Dec; 49(6):847-55. PMID: 19592637.
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    27. Zingmond DS, Saliba D, Wilber K, MacLean CH, Wenger NS. Measuring the quality of care provided to dually enrolled Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries living in nursing homes. Med Care. 2009 May; 47(5):536-44. PMID: 19365296; PMCID: PMC4351736.
    28. Alkema GE, Enguidanos SM, Wilber K, Trufasiu M, Simmons WJ, Frey D. The role of consultant pharmacists in reducing medication problems among older adults receiving Medicaid waiver services. Consult Pharm. 2009 Feb; 24(2):121-33. PMID: 19275454.
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    29. Yan T, Wilber K, Wieckowski J, Simmons WJ. Results from the Healthy Moves for Aging Well program: changes of the health outcomes. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2009; 28(2-3):100-11. PMID: 20182959.
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    30. Alkema GE, Wilber K, Frey D, Enguidanos SM, Simmons WJ. Characteristics associated with four potential medication problems among older adults in Medicaid waiver services. Consult Pharm. 2008 May; 23(5):396-403. PMID: 18540793.
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    31. Nishita CM, Wilber K, Matsumoto S, Schnelle JF. Transitioning residents from nursing facilities to community living: who wants to leave? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Jan; 56(1):1-7. PMID: 18184201.
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    32. Alkema GE, Wilber K, Simmons WJ, Enguidanos SM, Frey D. Prevalence of potential medication problems among dually eligible older adults in Medicaid waiver services. Ann Pharmacother. 2007 Dec; 41(12):1971-8. PMID: 17986518.
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    33. Yip J, Nishita CM, Crimmins EM, Wilber K. High-cost users among dual eligibles in three care settings. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2007 Nov; 18(4):950-65. PMID: 17982217.
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    34. Zingmond DS, Wilber K, Maclean CH, Wenger NS. Measuring the quality of care provided to community dwelling vulnerable elders dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. Med Care. 2007 Oct; 45(10):931-8. PMID: 17890990; PMCID: PMC2849015.
    35. Alkema GE, Wilber K, Shannon GR, Allen D. Reduced mortality: the unexpected impact of a telephone-based care management intervention for older adults in managed care. Health Serv Res. 2007 Aug; 42(4):1632-50. PMID: 17610441; PMCID: PMC1955273.
    36. Shannon GR, Wilber K, Allen D. Reductions in costly healthcare service utilization: findings from the Care Advocate Program. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Jul; 54(7):1102-7. PMID: 16866682.
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    37. Alkema GE, Reyes JY, Wilber K. Characteristics associated with home- and community-based service utilization for Medicare managed care consumers. Gerontologist. 2006 Apr; 46(2):173-82. PMID: 16581881.
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    38. Shugarman LR, Nishita CM, Wilber K. Building integrated information systems for chronic care: the California experience. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2006; 25(3-4):185-200. PMID: 17062518.
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    39. Shannon GR, Yip JY, Wilber K. Does payment structure influence change in physical functioning after rehabilitation therapy? Home Health Care Serv Q. 2004; 23(1):63-78. PMID: 15148049.
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    40. Alkema GE, Shannon GR, Wilber K. Using interagency collaboration to serve older adults with chronic care needs: the Care Advocate Program. Fam Community Health. 2003 Jul-Sep; 26(3):221-9. PMID: 12829944.
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    41. Wilber K, Allen D, Shannon GR, Alongi S. Partnering managed care and community-based services for frail elders: the care advocate program. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jun; 51(6):807-12. PMID: 12757567.
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    42. Yip JY, Wilber K, Myrtle RC. The impact of the 1997 Balanced Budget Amendment's prospective payment system on patient case mix and rehabilitation utilization in skilled nursing. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42(5):653-60. PMID: 12351800.
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    43. Yip JY, Myrtle RC, Wilber K, Grazman DN. The networks and resource exchanges in community-based systems of care. J Health Hum Serv Adm. 2002; 25(2):219-59. PMID: 15137576.
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    44. Wilber K, Machemer J. Balancing the competing values of freedom and safety in long-term dementia care: the secured perimeter program. J Ethics Law Aging. 1999 Fall-Winter; 5(2):121-30. PMID: 11657955.
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