Pamela Teaster

Pamela Teaster, Professor

Pamela Teaster, Professor
Pamela Teaster, Professor

Department of Human Development and Family Science
203 Grove Ln.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8958 |

Pamela Teaster is a professor of human development and family science at Virginia Tech.

  • Elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment
  • Public and private guardianship
  • End-of-life issues and decision making
  • Ethical treatment of human rights issues
  • Ph.D. Public Administration and Public Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  May, 1997.
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. May, 1997.
  • M.A. Speech and Theatre,The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, December, 1982.
  • B.S. English Education (major), Speech and Theatre (minor), The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, May, 1980.
  • Secretary, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
  • Board of Trustees, Center for Guardianship Certification
  • Pioneer Award for Public Guardianship, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (2014)
  • Fellow, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America


Harley, D., & Teaster, P.B. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of LGBT elders: An interdisciplinary approach to principles, practices, and policies.  Springer Publishing Company.

Teaster, P.B., Wood, E.; Schmidt, W., Lawrence, S.A., Mendiondo, M. (2010). Public guardianship after 25 years: In the best interest of incapacitated people? Praeger Publishing Company.

Journal Articles

Teaster, P. B., Ramsey-Klawsnik, H., Abner, E. L., & Kim, S. (2015). The sexual victimization of older women living in nursing homes. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/08946566.2015.1082453.

Davis, T., Teaster, P. B., Thornton, A., Watkins, J. F., Alexander, L., & Zanjani, F. (2015). Primary Care Providers’ HIV Prevention Practices Among Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, DOI: 0733464815574093.

Roberto, K.A., Teaster, P.B., Mancini, J., Salva, T. (2015). A community capacity framework for enhancing criminal justice response to elder abuse. Journal of Crime and Justice. 38(1) 9-26.

Teaster, P.B., & O’Brien, J. G. (2014). The Elder Mistreatment of Overtreatment at End of Life. Public Policy & Aging Report, 24(3), 92-96. doi: 10.1093/ppar/pru025.

Edited Books

Rowles, G.D., & Teaster, P.B. (Eds.). (2016). Long-Term Care in an Aging Society: Theory and Practice. Springer Publishing Company.

  • The Importance of The Values History for Public Guardianship. (P. Teaster, PI). The Borchard Center Foundation on Law and Aging. (2015-2016).
  • Research and Recommendations on Restoration of Rights in Adult Guardianship. (E. Wood, PI, P.B. Teaster, Co-PI). Greenwall Foundation. (2015-2017).
  • Assessing the Impact of Involuntary Relocation on Nursing Facility Residents. (Karen A. Roberto, PI; P. Teaster, Co-PI). Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (2014-2015).

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