NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

In Memorium

Dr. Toshio Tatara


It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Toshio Tatara, former Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse and pioneer in the field of elder abuse. Besides his many contributions to understanding and responding to elder abuse in the United States and Japan, he was a kind and gentle man, and a dear friend to all who knew him. He will be missed deeply.


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Georgia J. Anetzberger, President

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse


Dr. Toshio Tatara, Former Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, INPEA Founding Member, long time Board member and Regional Rep for Asia, and recipient of the International Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Award in Elder Abuse.

Professor of Social Welfare, Shukutoku University College and Graduate School of Integrated Human and Social Welfare Studies, Chiba, Japan



Tatara, Ph.D., was a professor of social welfare at the Shukutoku University College and Graduate School of Integrated Human and Social Welfare Studies in Chiba, Japan. He was the research director of this university's Social Welfare Research Institute. Prior to moving back to Japan to accept the current position in April 1998, he was a child welfare supervisor at the Jackson County Department of Social Services in Wisconsin (July 1969 to August 1970); was a lecturer at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (October 1972 to May 1976); was a senior research associate (October 1976 to September 1977) and the director of the Research and Demonstration Department at the American Public Welfare Association (APWA) (October 1977 to March 1998), which became the American Public Human Service Association (APHSA) in 1998; and served as the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) (October 1988 to March 1998), which was created by U.S. Congress and the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA).

An R&D administrator, researcher, and educator with more than 30 years of professional experience in the human services field, Dr. Tatara has directed nearly 50 research, evaluation, and training projects of national significance in the United States and Japan; presented papers at many national and international conferences; served as a technical consultant for the federal government, state and local governments, and professional organizations; and testified several times before Congress. In addition to more than 80 technical reports and monographs that he has written for federal and state agencies and various funding organizations, Dr. Tatara is the author of over 90 articles, book chapters, and books published in the United States and Japan.