NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Elder Care

Our President


Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey is a geronotological health and social work researcher and practicing attorney, who concentrates her practice in health law. She is the founder and president of the Collaborative for Palliative Care, a consortium of professionals and health care providers dedicated to research, education and advocacy to advance palliative care. She earned her PhD in gerontological social work at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (2011), where she was a recipient of the Langenfeld Research Award for her doctoral research; her MPH at the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice (2005); and her JD at Fordham Law School (1982). Dr. Morrissey is a Research Fellow at the Fordham University Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, and Program Director of the Fordham Gabelli School of Business Post-Masters Health Care Management Certificate Program in Public Health, Palliative and Long-Term Care, an interdisciplinary education and training program she designed and launched in Spring 2013 for health professionals as well as health care and business managers.

Dr. Morrissey’s scholarship and practice in public health law/policy and bioethics inform her research on pain, suffering, traumatic illness, and palliative care. She has received funding from the Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life (2013), an NIA funded center with a focus on chronic pain, for a pilot study of pain and decision making among seriously ill older adults. She has authored numerous publications in law journals and peer-reviewed scientific journals on pain and suffering among older adults, health care decision making and ethics committees, including her recent book Suffering Narratives of Older Adults (Routledge, 2015).

Dr. Morrissey currently serves in numerous leadership roles nationally and regionally – chair of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Public Policy Committee, chair of the Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services, immediate past president of the Public Health Association of New York City, past president of the State Society on Aging of New York, co-chair of the APHA Aging & Public Health Section Policy Committee and member of APHA’s Action Board, chair of the New York City Bar Association Bioethical Issues Committee, and co-chair of the Health Law Committees of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, the Westchester Women's Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association. She also serves as a member of the board of the Center for Aging in Place. She was the recipient of the Above the Bar Award for Most Socially Conscious Attorney in 2014, the Pace Women’s Justice Center Creative Vision for Elder Justice Award in October 2013, and the Mental Health Association On the Move Award in October 2012, as well as the 2012 Aging Services Golden Harvest Corporate Leadership Award in her role as founder and President of the Collaborative for Palliative Care.