Burnett named co-director of Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute

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Jason Burnett, Ph.D., co-director of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment (TEAM) Institute

HOUSTON – (Feb. 13, 2014) – Jason Burnett, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), has been appointed co-director of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment (TEAM) Institute.

Burnett, an expert in elder mistreatment – specifically self-neglect – is conducting research funded by the United States Administration on Aging and the Department of Justice. James Booker, director of the Texas Region VI Adult Protective Services, is co-director of TEAM, the first collaboration of its kind in the country.

Burnett succeeds Carmel Dyer, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and director of UTHealth’s Consortium on Aging, who founded TEAM and led it for 17 years. TEAM is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, researchers, businesses, social service agencies, Adult Protective Services staff, attorneys and community groups. Its purpose is to educate health care professionals, community service workers and the public; conduct research; review cases of elder deaths and financial exploitation; and provide clinical care and social and behavioral interventions to abused and neglected elders.

The TEAM Institute has received more than $5 million in grants and research funding and has published more than 70 papers, 50 abstracts, four book chapters and one book. The TEAM Institute model has been replicated across the United States.

“I believe that the elderly in our society should be revered and protected. The most vulnerable, those at risk or exposed to violence and abuse in late life, should be afforded a loud voice of prevention and swift and robust response to victimization. These are the values of the TEAM Institute and it is a great honor for me to become the co-director of what I consider to be the flagship of elder abuse and self-neglect,” said Burnett, who is also an adjunct assistant professor in The University of Texas School of Public Health, part of UTHealth. “I enthusiastically thank Dr. Carmel Dyer, James Booker and Texas Adult Protective Services for making this opportunity possible through their continued dedication and passion for the TEAM Institute and the field of elder abuse.” 

Deborah Mann Lake
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