Dr. Karl Pillemer

Cornell University

Contact Details

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Dr. Karl Pillemer

Cornell University


Karl Pillemer, Ph.D. is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Pillemer has a career-long program of research, intervention and policy analysis on the mistreatment of older persons. He conducted the first large-scale epidemiological survey of elder abuse and neglect, which established the benchmark prevalence rate for elder mistreatment. Dr. Pillemer has studied elder abuse in long-term care settings, including the most extensive survey of mistreatment of residents in nursing homes by staff. He has developed programs based on this research to reduce mistreatment in nursing homes.. Additionally, over the past two decades, Dr. Pillemer has conducted a program of research and intervention to improve staff training in nursing homes and other long-term care environments, to help reduce conflict and abuse in those settings.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Caregiving: Caregiver Stress and Coping Strategies
  • Elder Abuse
  • Environmental Planning
  • Family: Parenthood/Parent-Adult Child Relations
  • Global Aging
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Long-Term Care
  • Pain


  • Sociology