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Judith Tabolt Matthews

Research Associate Professor
Health & Community Systems


As Associate Director of the Gerontology Program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research, my research focus reflects a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaboration. I work with technologists, social scientists, other health professionals, and community partners to develop and evaluate emerging technologies designed to enhance health, independence, and quality of life. My program of research includes usability and field testing of prototype robotic devices and other novel systems with community-residing older adults and family caregivers. Current projects include evaluation of the utility of a wearable camera system as an aid to assessment and intervention in the context of dementia family caregiving, and a longitudinal study of older adults’ motivations, preferences, and patterns of use of multi-user health kiosks in congregate settings. 


My past teaching responsibilities have included coordinating undergraduate community health nursing courses, teaching the undergraduate statistics course, and co-teaching a graduate-level, project-based course focused on technological applications in support of health and function among older adults and persons with disabilities with faculty from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. 


I am a member of the Plan Advisory Committee for Community LIFE and served on the Committee on the Role of Human Factors in Home Healthcare for the National Research Council.