Panel Presentation

Engaging Patients from Underserved Populations Through Technology

Acknowledging the challenges of conceptualizing patient engagement in health care given the numerous variations in its operational definition, we define it as "a systematic, multi-level experience that results from conjoint cognitive, emotional, and conative orientation of individuals toward their health management." (Slight modification to the definition by Barello, Graffigna, Vegni, Bosio, 2014).

Technology (in the form of software, patient portals, mobile applications, etc.) is a resource that can be used to deliver psychoeducational and health-related content that helps to facilitate the patient's movement from arousal to adhesion and subsequent active participation in their care. Some patients bring software and technology to their care providers while others hesitate out of concerns about privacy. The increasing demand for the ability to incorporate patient-generated health data into the clinical record signals a willingness to use as many tools available to manage health and wellness. To narrow the digital divide and improve digital literacy require clinicians to challenge their assumptions about who has access to technology and institutions to incorporate tech education into patient advocacy and engagement. (Matacotta, Gurrola, Navarro & Baylon, 2018)

Journal Article

Predictors of HIV Risk Behavior in Iranian Women Who Inject Drugs

This study aimed to investigate predictors of drug-related HIV risk behaviors among women who inject drugs. A total of 163 women were recruited from harm-reduction-oriented drug treatment centers in Tehran, Iran. (Habibi, Farmanfarmaee, Darharaj, Khoshnood, Matacotta, O'Bryan, 2017)

Poster & Panel Presentation

Uses of Technology to Increase Quality in Home-based Care: Opportunities in Early Care and Education Partnerships

Home-based child care providers experience time-consuming administrative burdens and operational challenges running their early care and education (ECE) programs, interrupting engagement in quality improvement and professional development activities. A literature review on the role of technology to support ECE providers was conducted. Also, an evolving technology partnership and implementation of a data management platform were studied. Findings suggest that partnerships incorporating technology support can offset costs, support professional development, and improve program quality. (The National Research Conference on Early Childhood, by the Administration for Children & Families; Matacotta & Brionnes, 2016)

Journal Article

Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science

One of the central goals in any scientific endeavor is to understand causality. Experiments that seek to demonstrate a cause/effect relation most often manipulate the postulated causal factor. Aarts et al. describe the replication of 100 experiments reported in papers published in 2008 in three high-ranking psychology journals. Assessing whether the replication and the original experiment yielded the same result according to several criteria, they find that about one-third to one-half of the original findings were also observed in the replication study. (Open Science Collaboration, 2015)

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Journal Article

"Good" and "Bad" Kids? A Race and Gender Analysis of Effective Behavioral Support in an Elementary School

Using 8,265 positive behavior cards and 544 conduct reports for 244 students, regressions of how race and gender influence the allocation of punishments or rewards for students at a New England elementary school with an Effective Behavioral Support (EBS) program were examined. Girls were most likely to receive a positive behavior card for respectful actions and white students were most likely to receive a positive card for safe behavior. Boys and Black students were more likely to receive a conduct report for "bad" behavior than girls and white students. Implications regarding race and gender bias in behavior-based programs are discussed. (Silva, Langhout, Kohfeldt & Gurrola, 2014)

Publication & Abstract Book

Aging with HIV: Sense of Coherence, Proactive Coping, and Quality of Life in Gay Men Over Fifty

Introduction: Research on the experience of living with HIV has provided valuable information to professionals who work with people living with HIV. Although there is a growing amount of biomedical research on the interaction of HIV infection and the aging process, little is known about how an individual's inherent resilience factors make this chronic disease manageable. (Matacotta, 2013) (PDF)

Journal of Abstracts and Conference Reports from International Workshops on Infectious Diseases & Antiviral Therapy  - Abstract #24 - Geriatrics and Clinical Care

Journal Article

Investigation of Family Functioning and Parental Tension in [People with Addiction]

Addiction is a chronic disease and relapsing disorder that leads to serious personal and familial issues. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between family functioning and parenting stress in persons with addiction. In this correlational study a purposive sampling was used where 80 subjects were recruited. Data using the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) and Family Assessment Device (FAD-I) were collected. Data analysis was performed by examining the correlation and regression analysis. The results showed no significant relationship between parental stress and family functioning in addicts. (Nooripour, Tamini, Abbaspour & Alikhani, 2016)


Outside the Lines: Strengthening Transgender Health and Resiliency

Conference co-organizer and workshop facilitator for a full-day conference funded in part by a California Prop 63 (Mental Health Services Act) grant. 250+ attendees at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, November 9, 2012. (Matacotta, Block, Grosser, Herzog, 2012)