Clara Berridge

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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My research is at the intersection of critical gerontology, bioethics, and health care technology. I’m interested in the ethical and policy implications of AI and network-connected technologies (IoT) that allow caregivers to remotely monitor people where they live, as well as the surveillance of care workers. Across projects, I’m often thinking about privacy, autonomy, power, and decision making about technology use. I’ve also studied positive aging paradigms and nursing home culture change and staff empowerment.

Prior to joining the UW School of Social Work faculty in 2016, I completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Brown University in the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, School of Public Health. I earned my PhD (2014) in Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, with the University Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality and my MSW (2006) with a specialization in public policy and multigenerational practice here at the University of Washington. 

I am core faculty in the University’s Disability Studies Program and an affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center, Comparative History of Ideas Program, and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE).

NIH Bibliography


Article full texts:

Berridge C, Wetle TF. Why Older Adults and Their Children Disagree About In-Home Surveillance Technology, Sensors, and Tracking. Gerontologist. 2019 May 18;. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz068. PubMed PMID: 31102442. Accepted MS. full text


Berridge C. Monitoring the Monitors: Medicaid Integration of Passive Remote Monitoring Technology. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 2019 May-Jun;62(4):377-383. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2019.1606872. PubMed PMID: 31010408.


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. doi: 10.1080/23294515.2019.1568320. PubMed PMID: 30794112. Accepted MS. 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. doi: 10.2196/11516. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6452276.

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. doi: 10.2196/jmir.9650. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5842322.

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. doi: 10.1177/0898264317721347. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5815940.

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. doi: 10.1093/sw/swy038. PubMed PMID: 30137573. Accepted MS. 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. doi: 10.1177/0733464816665204. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5326608.


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. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv034. PubMed PMID: 26035900.

Berridge C. Active subjects of passive monitoring: responses to a passive monitoring system in low-income independent living. Ageing and society. 2016 August; doi: 10.1017/S0144686X15001269.

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. p.143.

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. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu037. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4986586.

Scharlach AE, Graham CL, Berridge C. An Integrated Model of Co-ordinated Community-Based Care. The Gerontologist. 2015 Aug;55(4):677-87. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu075. PubMed PMID: 25098647.

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. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3660. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4259984.

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. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2013.837149. PubMed PMID: 24180580.

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. doi: 10.1080/08959420.2014.899177. PubMed PMID: 24716894.

Berridge C. Envisioning a gerontology-enriched theory of care. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. 2012; 27(1):8-21. doi: 10.1177/0886109912437498.