Carmel Dyer, M.D.
Carmel Dyer, M.D.

UTHealth has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging (AoA) for an elder abuse prevention program.

UTHealth will partner with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to develop a public health promotion and intervention program to reduce the number of self-neglecting older adults who are not taking their medications properly. The study will enroll 100 older adults who live in the Houston community.

The principal investigator is Dr. Carmel Dyer, the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology, chair of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, and chief of staff at Harris Health System Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

Dyer, associate dean for Harris County Programs, founded the geriatrics program at the Harris Health System and the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute (TEAM). Dr. Jason Burnett, assistant professor and associate director of clinical and behavioral research for TEAM, is the co-investigator.

-Deborah Mann Lake, Office of Advancement, Media Relations