Eilon Caspi, PhD

Assistant Research Professor


Research Overview

In general, my applied research and data-driven advocacy focus on improving the quality of care and safety of elders living in long-term care homes (such as nursing homes and assisted living residences).

Specific areas of research include:

1. Elder mistreatment such as neglect of healthcare, abuse, financial exploitation, and opioid drug thefts.
2. Harmful resident-to-resident incidents in the context of dementia.
3. Psychosocial strategies for prevention of various forms of behavioral expressions among elders living with dementia.

Selected projects I am currently working on include:

1. Trajectories leading to neglect of healthcare in assisted living and nursing homes (a qualitative study utilizing 300 state investigation reports substantiated as neglect resulting in serious bodily injury and death).
2. The circumstances surrounding the theft of opioid pain medications from residents in nursing homes and assisted living residences.
Examples of past projects in long-term care homes:
1. Examination of the circumstances surrounding the death of 105 elders as a result of resident-to-resident incidents in dementia.
2. Neglect of healthcare & supervision of residents in assisted living residences.
3. Financial exploitation and drug thefts in assisted living residences.
4. Comparison between standard inspections and complaints with a focus on severity level citation issued for mistreatment violations (abuse, neglect, pressure sores, and physical restraints) in nursing homes nationwide.

Examples of other projects:

Book: Understanding and Preventing Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia. Health Professions Press (2022).

Documentary Film: Fighting for Dignity: Prevention of Harmful Interactions Between Residents with Dementia in Long-Term Care Homes. Terra Nova Films (2020).


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston 2010
MA, University of Haifa 2003
BSW, Tel Aviv University 1999

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Mailing Address2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248 Storrs, CT 06269-1248