Clara Berridge

Associate Professor
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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Clara Berridge’s research focuses on the ethical and policy implications of digital technologies used in elder care. She studies AI and network-connected technologies that allow caregivers to remotely monitor people where they live, as well as the surveillance of care workers. Across projects, she’s often thinking about privacy, power, and decision making about technology use. She has also studied positive aging paradigms and nursing home culture change. Currently, she’s developing a free online tool to help families engage people living with mild dementia in decisions about technologies used in their care (funded by NIH) and examining the ethical aspects of using artificial companions to address loneliness. 

Dr. Berridge is core faculty in the University’s Disability Studies Program and an affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE).


Recent News 

How new monitoring systems keep a close watch on older people. (Nov 23, 2021). The Washington Post. 

How Big Tech Is Pitching Digital Elder Care to Families. (Oct 28, 2021). The Markup. 

Should Families’ Surveillance Cameras Be Allowed in Nursing Homes? The Markup (June 30, 2021). 

Apple’s new health features bring new focus to elder care technology, The Verge (June 10, 2021). 

The future of elder care is here – and it’s artificial intelligence, The Guardian (June 3, 2021). 

’We find our way:’ How older adults are coping with pandemic isolation, KUOW (Dec 23, 2020).  

Senior Sensors: Digital contact tracing wasn’t up for debate in senior living facilities, The Verge. (Oct 15, 2020).  

When Does Someone Become ‘Old’? The Atlantic. (Jan 27, 2020)  

Berridge, C., Levy, K. Webcams in Nursing Home Rooms May Deter Elder Abuse—But Are They Ethical? The Conversation, (reprinted in Chicago Tribune) (July 24, 2019).  

Article full texts: 

Berridge, C., Ganti, A., Taylor, D., Rain, B., Bahl, S. (forthcoming). Infusing MSW programs with disability studies and disability justice: How to create and implement explicit curriculum. J Social Work Education 

Berridge, C., Demiris, G., Kaye, J. Domain experts on dementia-care technologies: mitigating risk in design and implementation. Science and Engineering Ethics. 2021 27(14). 

Berridge, C., Hooyman, N. (2020). The consequences of ageist language are upon us. Commentary. J Gerontological Social Work. 63:6-7, 508-512 

Berridge, C., Parsey, C.M., Ramirez, M., Freitag, C., Johnson, I.M., Allard, S.W. Public Report: Caring for Washington’s older adults in the COVID-19 pandemic: Interviews with organization leaders about the state of social and healthcare services, (Oct 12, 2020).  

Berridge, C., Lima, J., Schwartz, M., Bishop, C., Miller, S.C.  Leadership, staff empowerment and the retention of nursing assistants: findings from a survey of U.S. nursing homes. JAMDA 2020 Sep;21(9):1254-1259.e2  

Berridge C, Wetle TF. Why Older Adults and Their Children Disagree About In-Home Surveillance Technology, Sensors, and Tracking. Gerontologist. 2020 60(5): 926–934. 

Berridge C. Monitoring the Monitors: Medicaid Integration of Passive Remote Monitoring Technology. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 2019 May-Jun;62(4):377-383. Full text 

Berridge C, Halpern J, Levy K. Cameras on beds: The ethics of surveillance in nursing home rooms. AJOB Empirical Bioethics. 2019 Jan-Mar;10(1):55-62. Full text 

Levy K, Kilgour L, Berridge C. Regulating privacy in public/private space: the case of nursing home monitoring laws. Elder Law Journal. 2019 February; 26:323. 

Berridge C, Chan KT, Choi Y. Sensor-Based Passive Remote Monitoring and Discordant Values: Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Low-Income Immigrant Elders in the United States. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 Mar 25;7(3):e11516.  

Berridge C. Medicaid Becomes the First Third-Party Payer to Cover Passive Remote Monitoring for Home Care: Policy Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2018 Feb 21;20(2):e66.  

Berridge C, Mor V. Disparities in the Prevalence of Unmet Needs and Their Consequences Among Black and White Older Adults. Journal of Aging Health. 2018 Oct;30(9):1427-1449. 

Berridge, C., Martinson, M. Valuing old age without leveraging ableism. (Invited) Generations. 2018 41(4) 83-91.  


Dotolo D, Petros R, Berridge C. A Hard Pill to Swallow: Ethical Problems of Digital Medication. Social Work. 2018 Oct 1;63(4):370-372. Full text 

Berridge C, Tyler DA, Miller SC. Staff Empowerment Practices and CNA Retention: Findings From a Nationally Representative Nursing Home Culture Change Survey.  Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2018 Apr;37(4):419-434.  

Berridge C. Breathing Room in Monitored Space: The Impact of Passive Monitoring Technology on Privacy in Independent Living. The Gerontologist. 2016 Oct;56(5):807-16.  

Berridge C. Active subjects of passive monitoring: responses to a passive monitoring system in low-income independent living. Ageing & Society. 2016. 37(3):537–560. 

Berridge C. Selling passive monitoring to manage risk in independent living: Frontline workers in a bind. In: Under Observation:. Adams S, Purtova N, Leenes R, editors. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing: Law, Governance and Technology Series; 2016. Chapter 5.  

Martinson M, Berridge C. Successful aging and its discontents: a systematic review of the social gerontology literature. The Gerontologist. 2015 Feb;55(1):58-69.  

Scharlach AE, Graham CL, Berridge C. An Integrated Model of Co-ordinated Community-Based Care. The Gerontologist. 2015 Aug;55(4):677-87.  

Aguilera A, Berridge C. Qualitative feedback from a text messaging intervention for depression: benefits, drawbacks, and cultural differences. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2014 Nov 5;2(4):e46.  

Berridge C. Seeing the social in technology for older adults: Making the implicit explicit through a multidisciplinary lens. In: The Collective Spirit of Aging Across Cultures. Vakalahi H, Simpson G, Giunta N, editors. New York: Springer Science & Business Media; 2014. 

Portacolone E, Berridge C, K Johnson J, Schicktanz S. Time to reinvent the science of dementia: the need for care and social integration. Aging & Mental Health. 2014;18(3):269-75.  

Berridge C, Furseth PI, Cuthbertson R, Demello S. Technology-based innovation for independent living: policy and innovation in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and the United States. Journal of Aging & Social Policy. 2014;26(3):213-28. 

Berridge C. Envisioning a gerontology-enriched theory of care. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. 2012; 27(1):8-21.