Professor, Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Industrial Engineering
Dr. Sara J. Czaja has a BS in Psychology, and an MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY) University at Buffalo. She is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami. She is also the director of the Center for Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) and the co-director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. CREATE is a collaboration between the University of Miami, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and Florida State University (FSU), and it is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Czaja is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Before joining the University of Miami faculty in 1990, Dr. Czaja was a member of the School of Engineering and Applies Sciences faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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, e-health, caregiving, human computer interaction, and functional assessment. She has published extensively in the field of aging, with numerous books, book chapters, and scientific articles. She also actively promotes aging research at the national level. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is also a member of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council Committee on Human Factors in Home Health Care. In addition, she serves as the overall Chair of the Health Services Research and Demonstration study section for the Veterans Administration and a standing member of the Health Disparities study section and served as the Chair of the Risk Prevention and Health Behavior for the National Institute of Health. Dr. Czaja is also an Associate Editor for Human Factors and ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing.