Clara Berridge’s research is at the nexus of health care technology, critical gerontology, and bioethics, with a focus on technologies intended to enable most-integrated housing among older adults and people with disabilities. Her research is informed by literatures in science and technology studies, medical anthropology, and race and gender studies.
Berridge is interested in the social and ethical aspects of technologies that monitor in the name of care. Her work examines the ways diverse stakeholders interact with and assess remote monitoring technologies. She has studied decision making about adoption, discontinuation, actual use, creative “misuse,” and resistance to explain how values of privacy, autonomy, and risk management are evolving along with new monitoring practices. This work has been published and presented internationally.
Berridge’s second area of focus concerns direct care work. She is analyzing the practices and laws regulating the use of cameras in assisted living and nursing home resident rooms and has conducted the first survey on facility camera policies and use. She also studies nursing assistant unionization, staffing stability, and the nursing home culture change movement.
Berridge completed an AHRQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (T32) at Brown University in the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, School of Public Health. She earned her PhD (2014) in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, with the University Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality and her MSW (2006) with a specialization in public policy and multigenerational practice at the University of Washington. Dr. Berridge joined the School of Social Work faculty in 2016.