Kimberly has been working at the Cutler Institute since 2013 and has focused primarily on issues surrounding both elder abuse and long term services and supports for older adults. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, knitting, and bicycling. She's also been known to commute to work by bike even in the winter-- as they say, "There's no bad weather, just bad clothing."
Areas of Expertise
Kimberly has pursued several projects to shine a light on the impact of elder abuse. Most recently, she completed an investigation of the role of the opioid crisis in elder abuse investigations. Kimberly is a co-author on a published research study funded by the National Institute of Justice that analyzed the Medicare and Medicaid costs associated with elder financial exploitation. A second phase of this work will use data mining techniques to establish patterns of Medicare and Medicaid service use among elder abuse victims, with the potential to create a method of identifying possible victims of abuse who would otherwise remain invisible. In addition, Kimberly has worked with Maine Legal Services for the Elderly to estimate the dollars lost to financial exploitation in Maine. And she provides guidance to other states on how to collect and analyze their own data to better understand elder financial exploitation.
Kimberly also participates in the formal evaluation of the CMS Financial Alignment Initiative (FAI) to integrate Medicare and Medicaid for dually eligible beneficiaries. She is the lead on the qualitative evaluation of New York’s FAI demonstration serving dually eligible beneficiaries with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Using expertise in policy and data analysis, she has produced reports for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services detailing how vulnerable adult populations use Medicaid long term services and supports (LTSS) and other services, how the populations have changed over time, and how trends in demographics, disability, poverty, housing and other factors may influence the need for LTSS in the future. Through this work, she has helped state administrators and policymakers gain a better understanding of how public programs are serving the needs of elders and adults with disabilities.