Sara J. Czaja

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.
Leonard M. Miller Professor and Scientific Director
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Center on Aging
Mental Health Hospital Center 3208J

Dr. Sara J. Czaja is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry &Behavioral Sciences, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami She has an extensive background in scientific investigation related to functional performance of older adults, innovative use of technology in intervention research, supervision of both laboratory and field research, and administration of large scale research programs. She is also the Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is funded by the National Institute on Aging and involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. The focus of CREATE is on making technology more accessible, useful, and usable for older adults.

Dr. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include: aging and cognition, caregiving, human-computer interaction, training, and functional assessment. Dr. Czaja is very well published in the field of aging and has written numerous book chapters and scientific articles. She recently co-authored a book with other members of the CREATE team concerning the design of technology for older adult populations. In addition, she is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Gerontological Society of America. She is the past chair of the Risk Prevention and Behavior Scientific Review Panel of the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the Committee on Human-Systems Integration, National Academy of Sciences and Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Human Factors and Home Health Care.