Steven Schmidt

Steven Schmidt

Scientific Coordinator, Associate Professor

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I am an associate professor in medical psychology and the Scientific Coordinator at the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE).  After joining CASE in 2012, my research has focused on the relationships among the environment, health/function, and psychosocial factors in the ageing population. I predominantly take a public health approach in combination with inter- and trans-disciplinary teams. To increase the relevance and impact of research findings, most projects include active user involvement (e.g. government agencies, policy makers, industry, older people, etc.).

I am involved with a number of ongoing projects. 1) I am PI for the HoT-Age: Experienced housing aspects and life changes: Good ageing in one's own home. This project started in 2020 and includes collaborators from Goethe University in Frankfurt. We are studying how a person’s perceptions of their home environment are related to the experience of different transitions in life (e.g., becoming a grandparent, retiring, widowhood, developing a chronic illness). 2) In the UserAge program, I lead a large national panel study to examine attitudes related to user participation in research on ageing and health. 2) In collaboration with Keio University, School of Science for Open and Environmental Systems, I work with studies related to the impact of cold indoor living temperature on the health of older people. 3) The Generation Tech project addresses ageing and technology from a generational perspective, in relation to health. We have conducted two national surveys one focused on attitudes and use of different types of technologies, and a second focused on changes in attitudes and use of technologies after COVID-19. 5) The BBT project, Decision support for improved accessibility in multi-family houses, is a collaboration with a municipal housing company to design, test and evaluate a new system for mapping and decision support for improved accessibility in multi-family houses. 6) In the Simul-Age project, I am leading a study to develop simulation models that enable long-term planning and cost-benefit analyses with regard to the need for housing adaptations for a population that is ageing at home. Simul-Age is conducted in collaboration with municipalities in different regions of Sweden. 7) The RELOC-AGE project is examining decision making around choice of housing and relocation and the impact on active ageing. 8) Sustain@Home focusses on socially sustainable housing policy for people with disabilities to develop a knowledge base that supports participation and active citizenship.

I am also the project leader for a new research infrastructure at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University. Forum Medicum Movement & Reality lab (MoRe-lab) will start operations by the start of 2021 and be fully operational by 2023. MoRe-Lab is being designed to study functioning and disability from different perspectives: preclinical, clinical, simulated real life environments and in real life. Within MoRe-Lab we strive to establish a novel research orientation that we denote as experimental health sciences, which develops, evaluates and applies new methods and innovative solutions to optimize functioning in everyday life and expand knowledge of human health and behavior across the life span.

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  • CASE - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments

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