bridget-penhaleMs. Bridget Penhale
Reader, Mental Health of Older People, University of East Anglia

Ms. Bridget Penhale is currently a Reader in Mental Health of Older People at the University of East Anglia. With a degree in psychology, she has been a qualified social worker since 1981. She has specialized in work with older people since 1983, and worked in urban, rural and city areas, in addition to hospital social work services. After a successful career as a social worker and a manager spanning some 15 years, she took up an academic post at the University of Hull in 1996, moving to Sheffield in 2004. She took up her current post at UEA, Norwich in October 2010.

Ms. Penhale is a member of the UK National Social Care Research Ethics Committee and a Board member of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She has been nationally recognized in the UK for her work on adult protection, and internationally recognized for her work on elder abuse. In 2010, she received the International Rosalie Wolf Award for her work in the field of elder abuse research and practice.

Ms. Penhale has published extensive material on decision-making and mentally incapacitated adults, social work and older people, and elder abuse. Her publications include 12 books and over 25 book chapters, as well as numerous journal papers and reports. Her research interests include elder abuse, adult protection/safeguarding, and domestic violence, as well as the care of older people and mental health problems relating to older people.