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).
Current courses taught:
SOC W 526 Social and Healthcare Policy in an Aging Society (autumn)
Previous course taught:
SOC W 576 Contexts of Disability and Anti-ableist Practice (winter)
Westman, N. (October 15, 2020). Senior Sensors: Digital contact tracing wasn’t up for debate in senior living facilities. The Verge.
Berridge, C., Parsey, C.M., Ramirez, M., Freitag, C., Johnson, I.M., Allard, S.W. (October, 12, 2020). Caring for Washington’s older adults in the COVID-19 pandemic: Interviews with organization leaders about the state of social and healthcare services.
Berridge, C., Hooyman, N. (2020). The consequences of ageist language are upon us. (Letter to the Editor), J Gerontological Social Work.
Pinsker, J. (January 27, 2020) When Does Someone Become ‘Old’? The Atlantic
Berridge, C., Levy, K. (July 24, 2019). Webcams in Nursing Home Rooms May Deter Elder Abuse—But Are They Ethical?, The Conversation, (reprinted in Chicago Tribune)
Article full texts:
Berridge, C., Lima, J., Schwartz, M., Bishop, C., Miller, S.C. (2020). Leadership, staff empowerment and the retention of nursing assistants: findings from a survey of U.S. nursing homes. JAMDA. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2020.01.109.
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.