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WATCH Policy Lab

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WATCH Policy (고령사회 기술복지 정책 실험실)

How to utilize technology and develop technology policy to improve the quality of life of people in need, esp. older adults and people with disabilities

The goal of Welfare, Aging, Technology, Communication, Health Policy Lab is to train future leaders with entrepreneurship in STP. Our lab focuses on translational research in the convergence between science and technology policy (STP) AND (1) social welfare, (2) aging and health, (3) communication.  Lab meetings are held on Mondays at N4 building. Members have opportunities to contribute to research projects and papers. If you are interested in our lab and research opportunities, please contact Prof. Choi at moonchoi365@gmail.com

Website: http://aging.kaist.ac.kr/watch

Project

  • Neighborhood Characteristics, Life-Space Mobility, and Mental Health in Later Life

    • Date: July 2014 - Cont.
    • Funding: New Faculty Development Grants, KAIST
    • Role: Principal Investigator
    • Objective: To examine how neighborhood characteristics influence life-space mobility and subsequent cognitive functioning in later life, using geospatial data analysis of time-space data collected from wearable computers and smartphones.
  • Health Outcomes of Life-Space Constriction in Later Life

    • Date: July 2014 - Cont.
    • Funding: New Faculty Development Grants, KAIST
    • Role: Principal Investigator (collaboration with the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology)
    • Objective: To examine the health outcomes of life-space constriction among older adults, using the data from the ORCATECH Life Laboratory.
  • Social Disparities in Life-space Mobility among Older Adults

    • Role: Principal Investigator
    • Date: July 2012 - June 2014
    • Funding: New Faculty Development Grants, University of Kentucky Office of the Executive Vice President for Research & College of Social Work
    • Objective: To longitudinally examine the source of gender and racial disparities in life-space constriction among older adults with a focus on driving behaviors, using secondary data analysis; and to apply the health disparities framework to studying transportation issues in the aging population.
  • Needs Assessment of Mobility Planning Education

    • Role: Principal Investigator (Nancy Schoenberg, Co-PI)
    • Date: July 2013 - June 2014
    • Funding: University of Kentucky Research Support Grant
    • Objective: To obtain preliminary data of (a) how the aging population manages their transportation to meet daily needs and (b) how baby boomers are different from current older adults in terms of transportation management and needs, using mixed methods. This data will be used to develop a cost-effective mobility education intervention called SmartMobility targeted baby boomers.
  • Partners in Relationship: Addressing the Needs of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

    • Role: Co-Investigator (Ginny Sprang, PI)
    • Date: November 2012 - June 2014
    • Funding: The Eastern Kentucky United Methodist Health, Education & Welfare Fund
    • Objective: To understand the needs of grandparents who are raising grandchildren in Eastern Kentucky and provide evidence-based training designed to decrease caregiving stress, enhance caregiving skills, and build relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren.