Dr. Carney is a professor of Nursing at California State University San Marcos where she serves as Associate Director, Graduate Education. She has been a Primary Care Provider at Neighborhood HealthCare for 22 years and was a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner and SANE-A with Palomar Medical Center in North County San Diego.
Dr. Carney’s research is primarily focused on elder abuse, and how maltreatment of the elderly affects families, caregivers, and communities. She strives to teach students the importance of working with the elderly by ensuring their safety, identifying their concerns, and reducing the stigma of reporting an abusive situation. Her secondary focus is on sexual assault on college campuses, and the work to engender trust in the campus population. With other members of the forensic community, she wrote and edited the book Elder Abuse: Forensic, Legal and Medical Aspects, published in 2020. She believes that the measure of a community can be taken by how they treat their elderly.