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March 2017

Drs. Neil Charness & Sara Czaja are hosting free webinar entitled “Integrating Older Workers into the Work Environment” as part of CREATE research dissemination activities. It takes place April 3 at 1:30PM Eastern Time. Registration is limited to enable discussion so try to sign up by March 20 if interested. More information and registration can be found at this link.

March 2017

The CREATE team was well-represented at the 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. The PIs had a panel titled "Design for Older Adult Consumers of Health IT: Best Practice Guidance from CREATE" in addition to a couple student posters.

February 2017

The CREATE team recently hosted a day and a half workshop on February 23-24, 2017, in Miami, Florida. The focus of the workshop was Health Care Technologies for Older Adults: Design, Adoption, Implementation & Training Issues. For more information, visit

December 2016

"Designing Technology Training for Older Adults in Continuing Care Retirement Communities" is the newest addition to the Human Factors and Aging Series (Cotten, Yost, Berkowsky, Winstead, & Anderson, 2016). For more information, visit the book site on CRC press. Additional books in the Human Factors and Aging Series can be found here

November 2016

The CREATE team was selected as this year's recipient of the American Psychological Association's inaugural Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research. The prize recognizes an interdisciplinary research team that includes one or more psychological scientists in major roles and has produced significant scientific work. More information on the award can be found here. Congratulations!

September 2016

CREATE PI Sara Czaja presented an invited keynote address at the Congress of the German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Stuttgart, Germany on September 8th, 2016. The title of her presentation was: "Technology and Aging: Where are We Now and Where Do We Need to Be". More information on the address can be found here.

August 2016

Neil Charness received the M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology from the American Psychological Association. This award recognize those whose contributions have improved the quality of life of older persons. Congratulations!

Neil pictured with his wife Beth Charness:

August 2016

The CREATE Team was well-represented at the 2=American Psychological Association's 2016 Annual Convention in Denver, CO.

Wally Boot on a panel at the conference:

Wendy Rogers at the conference:

Neil Charness and Sara Czaja at the conference:

July 2016

CREATE PI Sara Czaja has been appointed the Director of the Center on Aging. You can read the full announcement here. Congratulations!

May 2016

CREATE PI Neil Charness was awarded the Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Applied Experimental / Engineering Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Congratulations!

May 2016

CREATE PI Wally Boot was awarded the Developing Scholar Award for recognition of scholarly activities at FSU, following a nomination by peers and recommendation by the FSU Council on Research and Creativity. Congratulations!

May 2016

Sean McGlynn was selected for the Georgia Gerontology Society's (GGS) Virginia M. Smyth Scholarship Award. This award is given to one graduate student per year to promote students’ interest in age-related issues and to promote professional development in gerontology. Congratulations!

May 2016

CREATE PI Wendy Rogers has been awarded fellow status with The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA fellowship is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology. Congratulations!

April 2016

CREATE PI Wendy Rogers and her research were included in a new report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) titled “Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age.” Press release here.

April 2016

The CREATE Team was represented in a variety of presentations at the 2016 Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Wally Boot and Tracy Mitzner at the conference:

Sara Czaja at the conference:

Dustin Souders presenting a poster at the conference:

February 2016

CREATE hosted a day and a half workshop on Usability and Design for Aging on February 25-26, 2016, in Miami, Florida. The focus of the workshop was on healthcare and healthcare products. For more information, visit

January 2016

CREATE PI Sara Czaja is the co-author on a new book with Dr. Laura N. Gitlin titled "Behavioral Intervention Research: Designing, Evaluating, and Implementing". For more information and to purchase the book, visit this website.

November 2015

The CREATE Team hosted a symposium at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Wendy Rogers, Dawn Carr, and Sara Czaja at the symposium:

Wally Boot, Sara Czaja, and Ron Berkowsky at the symposium:

November 2015

Create PI Wally Boot met with multiple Representatives and their staffers on Capitol Hill to discuss technology and aging. These conversations included discussing CREATE's work understanding needs of older adults and how technology can help.

Wally Boot talking technology and aging with Representative Gwen Graham on Capitol Hill:

October 2015

The CREATE Team has been awarded funding by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging) to continue the center's research with CREATE IV. Congratulations!

April 2015

The CREATE Team presented "Designing Interventions for Successful Aging: Findings from CREATE" at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

The CREATE team at IAGG:

January 2015

Dr. Neil Charness has been named Director of the Florida State University Institute for Successful Longevity. Neil has served as Interim Director since the institute was established in 2013.

December 2014

Sara Czaja was invited to participate in this year's Nobel Week Dialogue to be held in Stockholm on December 9th, 2014 in conjunction with the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. This year's meeting is entitled "The Age to Come: New Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on Ageing". This event will have live streaming. Congratulations!

November 2014

Work at Georgia Tech on human-robot interaction in home settings was featured in a news article in "The Telegraph". Wendy Rogers was quoted.

October 2014

Wendy Rogers received the Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. This award recognizes members and nonmembers who engage in significant activities that broaden awareness of the existence of the human factors/ergonomics profession and the benefits it brings to humankind. Congratulations!

Wendy Rogers receiving the award from the Award Chair Dr. Richard Hornick:

October 2014

Tracy Mitzner is participating in a panel on “Managing Your Role as Caregiver” at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business.

August 2014

Two CREATE PIs were recognized at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Sara Czaja became the new President of the Adult Development and Aging Division (20) of APA. Wally Boot received APA Division 20's Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging. Congratulations!

Sara Czaja becoming President of Division 20 of APA:

Wally Boot (left), Sheri Sussman representing Springer Publishing (right):

June 2014

The symposium "Designing interventions for independent living through ICT: The PRISM clinical field trial" was given at the 9th World Conference of Gerontechnology (ISG 2014) in Taiwan.

Neil Charness, official CREATE photographer, in action at Gerontechnology:

November 2013

The CREATE Team presented "Findings from the Prism Field Trial: A Technology-Based Intervention for “At Risk” Older Adults" at the Gerontological Society of America Meeting.

The CREATE team at GSA:

October 2013

The Create Team was awarded the 2013 Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award by HFES for "significant efforts to extend or diversify the applications of human factors principles and methods to new areas of endeavor". The official announcement is shown here. Congratulations!

The CREATE team at the award ceremony:

From left to right: Wally Boot, Sara Czaja, Doug Harris (Award Committee Chair),
Wendy Rogers, Neil Charness. Not pictured: Dan Fisk, Joseph Sharit.

October 2013

Akanksha Prakash featured on the websites NBC News and The Verge.

August 2013

Members of CREATE presented a symposium at the American Psychological Association's meeting in Hawaii.

July 2013

Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches has been translated into Japanese by Ryoko Fukuda, Nana Itoh, & Hiroyuki Umemuro and is available through Amazon.

April 2013

Dr. Sara Czaja is the recipient of the Social Impact Award. Dr. Czaja also gave an invited address at CHI, which included a nice shout-out to the CREATE-Center.

April 2013

The CREATE team was represented internationally at CHI 2013 in Paris, France.

March 2013

Dr. Wendy Rogers is featured in a Nature | Outlook article discussing robot usage by older adults. Links to the web version and the PDF version.

March 2013

The CREATE team was represented in a variety of presentations at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2013 International Healthcare Symposium: Advancing the Cause, Baltimore, MD.

October 2012

The CREATE team was represented in a variety of presentations at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

September 2012

Dr. Sara Czaja is featured on a panel discussing the 2012 United States of Aging survey, and specifically talks about the aging workforce. Check out the discussion here!

August 2012

CREATE researchers have been accepted to present a symposium at the Gerontological Society of America meeting, in San Diego on Friday November 16 from 8:00 - 9:30 AM. Title is DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING AN INTERVENTION FOR OLDER ADULTS: THE PRISM FIELD TRIAL.

June 2012

Dr. Neil Charness has organized a panel for the ISG*ISARC conference on Friday, June 29, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Cognitive Training. Presenters include Dr. Walter Boot (USA-CREATE), Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski (USA-USC), Dr. Jutta Kray (Germany) and Dr. Karin Slegers (Netherlands).

June 2012

Dr. Neil Charness presented a keynote at that conference on June 28 (co-authors include CREATE graduate students Ryan Best and Dustin Souders): Memory functioning and supportive technology.

May 2012

Drs. Tracy Mitzner, Marita O'Brien, and Wendy Rogers moderate the symposium Emerging Technologies for Healthcare and Aging at the Computer Human Interaction Conference, Austin, TX

November 2011

Research from CREATE highlighted in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, in a symposium titled "Health Technology Design for Older Adults: Findings from CREATE."

September 2011

The CREATE team was represented in a variety of presentations at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

August 2011

Neil Charness is quoted in press release. "Life Gets Better at 50". Link to press release.

August 2011

CREATE is predominantly featured in AARP news release. "Technology Fear Stop Older Adults From Logging On: But Scientists are Breaking the Computer Block". Link to press release.

June, 2010

Human Factors and Aging Lab researchers featured in PR2 robot project supported by Willow Garage. Link to blog post.

November, 2009

Dr. Sara Czaja featured in press release for receiving NIH grant for Create III. Link to press release, or read PDF version.

October, 2009

Drs. Neil Charness and Walter Boot are featured in press release No Elder Left Behind. Read PDF version.

October, 2009

Dr. Neta Ezer featured on HFES home page Older Adults want Robots that do more than Vacuum. Read PDF version.

October, 2009

Jenay Beer featured on Georgia Tech home page Is My Robot Happy to See Me?. Read PDF version.

October, 2009

Jenay Beer featured in WABE The Classics and NPR News radio station.

January, 2009

Dr. Wendy Rogers presented at the School of Informatics Distributed Education colloquia lecture series!

August, 2008

Drs. Arthur D. Fisk and Wendy A. Rogers are featured in this month's American Psychologist.  Look for them in the Science section!

February, 2008

CREATE funded Georgia Tech research featured on Atlanta Business Chronicle
The online article describes how successful projects often use the science of human factors.

January, 2008

CREATE funded Georgia Tech research featured on Science Daily.
The online article, with video clip, describes how scientists are creating new technology for older home owners.

December, 2007

CREATE funded Florida State research featured on the homepage of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Website.
The online article, with video clip, describes how researchers are testing voting systems for Seniors.

November, 2007

CREATE funded Georgia Tech research featured on The Wall Street Journal.