CREATE Personnel

Megan Bayles

  • Research Assistant
  • Florida State University

Education

B.S. in Psychology, Florida State University

Contact

(207) 751-2727

Biography

Megan Bayles became a part of the CREATE lab during her time as an undergraduate student at Florida State University. She presently works as a research assistant on PRISM, liaising with other project sites and coordinating lab procedures

Kenneth Blocker

  • Website Administrator
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Education

M.S. in Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. in Psychology and Sociology, Florida State University

Contact

217-300-5445

Biography

Kenneth Blocker is the CREATE Website Administrator and a doctoral student in the Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning program in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Educational Psychology. His research interests include health self-management, promoting behavior change with ambient and/or environmental technologies, cognitive aging, technology design and acceptance, educational technologies, medical human factors, and health care.

Shih-Hua Fu

  • Research Data Manager
  • University of Miami

Education

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami

Contact

305-355-9078

Biography

Shih-Hua Fu is the Data Manager for CREATE. She is responsible for the development of data collection instruments and the implementation of data collection protocols for quality data collection.  Her responsibilities also include the coordination of Center data from all sites and maintenance of the core database to ensure that information flows accurately, timely and securely.

Jordan Hartley

Jordan Hartley

  • Site Coordinator
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

Education

B.S., Psychology (2012), Georgia Institute of Technology

Contact

404-894-8344

Biography

Jordan Hartley is the Site Coordinator for the Georgia Institute of Technology, primarily working on the PRISM 2.0 project. She is interested in issues related to older adults and technology acceptance. Some research she has been involved in includes investigating older adults attitudes towards using exergames and assessing the barriers and facilitators older adults with a lower-body mobility impairment have regarding the use of televideo technologies for social connectedness, physical activity, and healthcare activities.

Mario A. Hernández

  • Sr. Research Associate
  • University of Miami

Education

M.S. Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, University of Miami

Contact

305-355-9058

Biography

Mr. Hernández has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety from the University of Miami. He has been working at the University of Miami’s Center on Aging as a Senior Research Associate since 2006. Prior to that, he was a graduate research assistant at the Center on Aging from 2001. Mr. Hernández’s interests are in usability, information and graphic design, and web and mobile user experience. He has also studied the role of knowledge and cognitive abilities and its relationship to information seeking, problem solving, and technology use among older adults.

Chin Chin Lee

  • Sr. Project Manager
  • University of Miami

Education

M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Miami; M.S. in Public Health, University of Miami

Contact

(305) 355-9062

Biography

Ms. Lee has been working at the University of Miami Center on Aging since 1999. Currently, she is the Senior Project Manager at the Center on Aging. Since 2004, Ms. Lee has been the Assistant Director of CREATE. Ms. Lee manages most of the research projects at the Center on Aging, including PRISM 2.0 field trial, intervention-based projects for caregivers of Alzheimer’s or dementia patients, health-behavioral systems to promote well-being of older adults, novel technology to augment cognitive training in older adults, and aging in-place research using technology. Ms. Lee has published in the field of psycho-social and behavioral caregiving intervention programs, and in technology use among older adults.

Affiliations

APHA

Katharine Griffis Lewis

  • Research Assistant
  • Florida State University

Education

B.S. in Psychology, Florida State University

Biography

Katharine Lewis is a researcher for CREATE at Florida State University. She is involved with project organization, participant correspondence and data management. She also trains students in participant recruitment, experiment set up and completion.

Tracy Mitzner, Ph.D.

  • Investigator
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

Education

  • Ph.D. Cognitive/Experimental Psychology (2001), University of Kansas
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (2001), University of Kansas
  • Minor in Quantitative Psychology (2001), University of Kansas
  • M.A., Cognitive/Experimental Psychology (1998), University of Kansas
  • B.A., Psychology (1992), University of Kansas

Contact

404-894-8344

Biography

Tracy Mitzner is an Investigator for CREATE at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on understanding age-related changes and the potential of technology to support older adults, including those with impairments. Her research topics include older adults' acceptance and usage of emerging technologies (mobile applications, health monitoring, telepresence, robotics), particularly for applications to facilitate social and physical wellness.

Brennan Paedae

  • Research Project Coordinator
  • Florida State University

Contact

(850) 644-8839

Biography

Brennan Paedae is the site coordinator for the PRISM project for CREATE at Florida State University. Brennan is involved in the administration and organization of the PRISM project, and also plays a role in the management of personnel and participant recruitment.

Thomas Vitale

  • Research Project Coordinator
  • Florida State University

Education

B.A. in Psychology, Johns Hopkins University

Contact

(850) 800-6339

Biography

Thomas Vitale is the site coordinator for CREATE at Florida State University. Thomas develops and maintains software systems for experimental design, data collection and data management for all on-site projects. Thomas also manages staff and participant recruitment, as well as designs training materials and protocols.