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Boston College School of Social Work

Christina Matz-Costa

Christina Matz-Costa

Assistant Professor, Older Adults & Families

Christina Matz-Costa, PhD, joined the Boston College School of Social Work faculty in 2011. Her research focuses broadly on understanding the changing needs and preferences of older adults and the extent to which programs, policy, and societal institutions are responding to these changes. Through her work, she hopes to develop effective interventions around purposeful activity engagement aimed at preventing/reducing frailty and increasing the healthy lifespan of community-dwelling older adults.

In September 2012, Dr. Matz-Costa received the John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Award, a two-year grant to conduct an experience sampling/ecological momentary assessment study that uses iPad minis to collect intensive daily data from adults age 65 and older. This project examines the subjective experience of productive activity involvement in later life and what it is about the contexts of these activities that is related to momentary or daily fluctuations in health and well-being. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Center on Aging & Work where she leads (with Jacquelyn James, PhD) the Engaged as We Age research team.

Dr. Matz-Costa has co-authored more than 20 scholarly articles and book chapters and numerous reports/issues briefs. In 2014, one of her publications was awarded the AARC/MECD Patricia B. Elmore Award for Outstanding Research in Measurement and Evaluation. Dr. Matz- Costa earned acceptance into the Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program (2013-2014) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Institute on Aging and Social Work (2012-2014), and currently serves on the board of the Encore Boston Network and the advisory committee of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work at Boston College. Dr. Matz-Costa has facilitated working partnerships with several Boston-area community organizations including ReServe Greater Boston, Discovering What’s Next, and Generations Inc.

Watch a video of Dr. Matz-Costa discussing Social Engagement in BC Talks Aging »