Research Overview


The center represents a collaboration between University of Miami, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research at Weill Cornell Medicine The University of Miami sites examine issues related to employment and health. Research includes a field trial examining reactions to telework among a sample of “personal nurses.” Other research areas are e-health and telemedicine.

Florida State University is examining training strategies to maximize the ability of older people to adopt new technologies and also developing and validating a toolbox for designers to help ensure that older users are represented in design activities.

The research program at Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focuses on issues related to advancing health and well being in living environments. The focus is design of technology systems that will help support the memory needs of older adults and interactions with family members.




Technology has the potential to improve the independence and quality of life for older people by providing access to information and services, enhancing access to health care services, augmenting memory functioning, and providing increased opportunities for social interaction, recreation, and education. The goal of this study is to evaluate an easy to use computer-based system, called Personal Reminder Information & Social Management System (PRISM). PRISM was designed to support social connectivity, memory, skill building, and access to community resources. We conducted a field trial with PRISM to examine the impact of such a system on older adults for factors such as social isolation, well-being, computer attitudes, and technology adoption (Czaja et al., 2015). We have developed PRISM 2.0 and are now testing it in the field.

Specific Aims

The aims of CREATE IV are to:

  • Examine issues regarding use of technology among diverse samples in living, work and healthcare settings.
  • Gather systematic data on technology access and use on the wellbeing and quality of life of older adults.
  • Develop guidelines, strategies and technologies that foster successful technology adoption among older adults.
  • Further our understanding of how user characteristics and psychosocial factors influence technology adoption.
  • Expand our database on the needs and preferences of older people for a range of technologies.
  • Promote collaborations among researchers, community agencies, business/industry, and government.
  • Foster the training of students and promote new areas of research in aging and technology.
  • Disseminate findings to the scientific, service, and design communities, older adults and policy makers.
  • Develop principles and protocols to aid the development, implementation and evaluation of technology.
  • Inform current public policy debates surrounding issues related to aging and technology.


Research Projects Across CREATE sites

Weill Cornell Medicine / University of Miami:

  • Study 1: Investigating Decision Making by Older Adults Regarding Pursuing Technology-Based Activities with Extrinsic or Intrinsic Reward Value
  • Study 2: Examining the Influences of Health Information Source, Individual Characteristics, and Patient-Physician Engagement on Health Decisions

Florida State University:

  • Study 1: Comparative Effectiveness Assessment
  • Study 2: Tech-Based Intervention Adherence

Georgia Institute of Technology / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

  • Study 1: Expanding Models of Technology Acceptance to Enhance Successful Deployment
  • Study 2: Understanding the Effect of Persuasive Systems Design on Older Adults’ Physical Activity Levels

Pilot Research Program

Students Year Research Projects

Jessica Taha


Age, numeracy, internet experience, and performance of health tasks using a patient portal.

Jessica Hirth


Patient health information needs and the effect of Internet health information on physician-patient relationships.

Thomas Kuhn


What type of difficulties do seniors encountered while using the Internet to make healthcare related decisions?

Shih-Hua Fu


Computer and Internet experience from older adults in Taiwan.

Tamer El-Attar


Older adults and Internet health information seeking.

Students Year Research Projects

Jarrett Evans


The relationship between cardiovascular function and cognitive aging.

Cary Stothart


Individual differences in virtual environment habituation.

Ryan Yordon


Judgments of learning during technology-driven task training.

Michael Tuffiash


Videoconferencing versus face to face administration of psychometric tests.

Tiffany Jastrzembski


Voting technology for older adults.

Clare MacMahon


Attentional focus and handwriting in younger and older adults.

Bo Xie


Computer and Internet experience of older adults in Shanghai.

Students Year Research Projects

Amy Wing-Lam Chong


Age-related differences in medication risk taking and susceptibility to social influence.

Lorenza Tiberio


Healthcare providers’ acceptance of a personal robot to support their work.

Qin Tang and Hiroyuki Umemuro


Cross cultural comparative study of affective factors for technologies for older and younger adults.

Neta Ezer


Expectation of older adults regarding the potential for home-based robots.

Olivier Blanson Henkemans


A digital personal health assistant for the supervision of diabetics' self-care.

Lisa Lewen


Understanding the role of age, work context, and task demands on managers' attitudes.

Tracy L. Mitzner


Technology used by older adults and suggestions for improving technology training.