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Doctoral Candidate, MSG

Kelly Marnfeldt

Doctoral student at the University of Southern California

Kelly Ann Marnfeldt (née Ford) is a doctoral student at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, where she also received her Master of Science in Gerontology in 2019. During her master’s program, her research focused on the importance of social connection and maintaining a sense of purpose across the life course. She will continue her research at the Secure Old Age lab at USC in the areas of justice in late life, the prevention of mistreatment and neglect of older adults, and interventions to alleviate caregiver burden, employing community-based participatory research where older adults play a central role in shaping policies and interventions that affect them. Her interests lie in theory-based approaches to the prevention of elder mistreatment, including person-centered care perspectives on interventions that look at the values of all stakeholders through the lenses of restorative justice and goal attainment scaling.


Justice in late life
Prevention of mistreatment and neglect of older adults
Interventions to alleviate caregiver burden