CREATE Receives National Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE), directed by Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging, was recently selected as the inaugural recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Prize for Interdisciplinary Team Research.

The prize was developed to recognize interdisciplinary research teams that include one or more psychological scientists in major roles and that have produced significant scientific work. CREATE was selected because of the wide scope of its work to ensure that the benefits of technology can be realized by older adults to support and enhance their independence, productivity, health, safety, social connectedness and quality of life.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this award as it recognizes CREATE’s long history of productivity and accomplishments with respect to improving the lives of older adults,” Czaja said. “The award will also facilitate our ability to engage in our current and future research projects.”

CREATE is a multi-site, multidisciplinary center funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, and it involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. The prize recognized that team members readily cross boundaries among their varied fields, which strengthens the quality and sophistication of their work.
This CREATE team, originally funded in 1999, is dedicated to studying issues surrounding interactions between older adults and technology. The overarching goal of CREATE is to ensure that current and future generations of older adults are able to successfully use technology and realize its benefits.

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