School of Nursing &
Judith Tabolt Matthews, PhD, MPH, RN, is a Research Assistant Professor of Nursing and Associate Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on emerging technologies aimed at enhancing independent living, health and well-being, and quality of life among older adults and persons with disabilities. In addition to usability and field testing mobile robotic devices capable of offering navigational guidance to persons with wayfinding difficulty, she has explored potential end-users' concerns and preferences regarding intelligent systems that provide context-aware and responsive physical and cognitive support for routine activities of daily living. Her current projects involve a multi-user health kiosk for community-based self- and remote health monitoring, first-person vision technology for objective assessment of caregiving quality, and a motivational coaching system for home-based therapeutic exercise.