Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Stephen Augustus Matthews, PhD

Stephen Augustus Matthews, PhD

Professor, Sociology and Criminology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Health
  • Food
  • Appalachian Region
  • Weights and Measures
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Geography
  • Exercise
  • Veterans
  • Body Mass Index
  • Mortality
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Breast Neoplasms

Recent Publications


Powers, SL, Matthews, SA & Mowen, AJ 2021, 'Does the relationship between racial, ethnic, and income diversity and social capital vary across the United States? A county-level analysis using geographically weighted regression', Applied Geography, vol. 130, 102446.
Rabiei-Dastjerdi, H & Matthews, SA 2021, 'Who gets what, where, and how much? Composite index of spatial inequality for small areas in Tehran', Regional Science Policy and Practice, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 191-205.


Sun, F, Matthews, SA, Yang, TC & Hu, MH 2020, 'A spatial analysis of the COVID-19 period prevalence in U.S. counties through June 28, 2020: where geography matters?', Annals of Epidemiology, vol. 52, pp. 54-59.e1.
Smith, RA, Kim, Y, Matthews, SA, Sternberg, ED, Doudou, DT & Thomas, MB 2020, 'Communal Innovations: Inspiring Neighborhoods of Hope and Advocacy', Journal of Health Communication, pp. 444-453.
Chen, VYJ, Yang, TC & Matthews, SA 2020, 'Exploring Heterogeneities with Geographically Weighted Quantile Regression: An Enhancement Based on the Bootstrap Approach', Geographical Analysis, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 642-661.
Rabiei-Dastjerdi, H, McArdle, G, Matthews, SA & Keenan, P 2021, 'Gap analysis in decision support systems for real-estate in the era of the digital earth', International Journal of Digital Earth, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 121-138.
Burillo, P, Salvati, L, Matthews, SA & Benassi, F 2020, 'Local-Scale Fertility Variations in a Low-Fertility Country: Evidence from Spain (2002–2017)', Canadian Studies in Population, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 279-295.
Tarlov, E, Silva, A, Wing, C, Slater, S, Matthews, SA, Jones, KK & Zenk, SN 2020, 'Neighborhood Walkability and BMI Change: A National Study of Veterans in Large Urban Areas', Obesity, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 46-54.
Yang, TC, Park, K & Matthews, SA 2020, 'Racial/ethnic segregation and health disparities: Future directions and opportunities', Sociology Compass, vol. 14, no. 6, e12794.
Salvati, L, Benassi, F, Miccoli, S, Rabiei-Dastjerdi, H & Matthews, SA 2020, 'Spatial variability of total fertility rate and crude birth rate in a low-fertility country: Patterns and trends in regional and local scale heterogeneity across Italy, 2002–2018', Applied Geography, vol. 124, 102321.
Felmlee, DH, Blanford, JI, Matthews, SA & MacEachren, AM 2020, 'The geography of sentiment towards the women’s March of 2017', PloS one, vol. 15, no. 6, e0233994.


Verevkina, NI, Short, PF, Yang, TC, Matthews, SA, Camacho, F & Anderson, R 2019, 'Analyzing hospital choices of colon cancer patients in four states in appalachia', Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 587-608.
Zenk, SN, Kraft, AN, Jones, KK & Matthews, SA 2019, 'Convergent validity of an activity-space survey for use in health research', Health and Place, vol. 56, pp. 19-23.
Matthews, SA 2019, 'Methods and applications in spatial demography', Mathematical Population Studies, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 183-184.
Yang, TC, Matthews, SA, Sun, F & Armendariz, M 2019, 'Modeling the Importance of within- and between-county effects in an ecological study of the association between social capital and mental distress', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 16, no. 6, 180491.
Jankowska, MM, Sears, DD, Natarajan, L, Martinez, E, Anderson, CAM, Sallis, JF, Matthews, SA, Crist, K, Dillon, L, Johnson, E, Barrera-Ng, A, Full, K, Godbole, S & Kerr, J 2019, 'Protocol for a cross sectional study of cancer risk, environmental exposures and lifestyle behaviors in a diverse community sample: The Community of Mine study', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1, 186.
Kraft, AN, Jones, KK, Lin, TT, Matthews, SA & Zenk, SN 2019, 'Stability of activity space footprint, size, and environmental features over six months', Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, vol. 30, 100287.
Slater, SJ, Tarlov, E, Jones, K, Matthews, SA, Wing, C & Zenk, SN 2019, 'Would increasing access to recreational places promote healthier weights and a healthier nation?', Health and Place, vol. 56, pp. 127-134.


Borlu, Y & Matthews, SA 2019, 'An Inclusive Treadmill? Expansion of Industrial Maize Farming and Simple-Commodity Producers in Turkey', Rural Sociology, vol. 84, no. 3, pp. 569-590.
Iceland, JD, Matthews, SA & Van Hook, J 2018, 'Co-Editors’ Note', Demography, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 691-692.
Hunter-Adams, J, Makandwa, T, Matthews, SA, Nyamnjoh, H, Oni, T & Vearey, J 2018, Connecting the dots: Cultivating a sustainable interdisciplinary discourse around migration, urbanisation, and health in Southern Africa. in SpringerBriefs in Public Health. 9783319776842 edn, SpringerBriefs in Public Health, no. 9783319776842, Springer International Publishing, pp. 9-20.
Bagot, KS, Matthews, SA, Mason, M, Squeglia, LM, Fowler, J, Gray, K, Herting, M, May, A, Colrain, I, Godino, J, Tapert, S, Brown, S & Patrick, K 2018, 'Current, future and potential use of mobile and wearable technologies and social media data in the ABCD study to increase understanding of contributors to child health', Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 32, pp. 121-129.
Bopp, M, Sims, D, Matthews, SA, Rovniak, LS, Poole, E & Colgan, J 2018, 'Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Active Lions: A Campaign to Promote Active Travel to a University Campus', American Journal of Health Promotion, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 536-545.
Tarlov, E, Wing, C, Gordon, HS, Matthews, SA, Jones, KK, Powell, LM & Zenk, SN 2018, 'Does Effectiveness of Weight Management Programs Depend on the Food Environment?', Health Services Research, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 4268-4290.
May, EM, Azar, ST & Matthews, SA 2018, 'How Does the Neighborhood “Come through the Door?” Concentrated Disadvantage, Residential Instability, and the Home Environment for Preschoolers', American Journal of Community Psychology, vol. 61, no. 1-2, pp. 218-228.
Zenk, SN, Matthews, SA, Kraft, AN & Jones, KK 2018, 'How many days of global positioning system (GPS) monitoring do you need to measure activity space environments in health research?', Health and Place, vol. 51, pp. 52-60.
Borlu, Y & Matthews, SA 2018, 'Industrial Maize as a Commodity System: Spatial Scale and Relations of Production in Turkey's Agriculture After Economic Restructuring', Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol. 109, no. 5, pp. 629-643.
Zenk, SN, Tarlov, E, Wing, C, Matthews, SA, Tong, H, Jones, KK & Powell, LM 2018, 'Long-term weight loss effects of a behavioral weight management program: Does the community food environment matter?', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 2, 211.
Sims, D, Matthews, SA, Bopp, MJ, Rovniak, LS & Poole, E 2018, 'Predicting discordance between perceived and estimated walk and bike times among university faculty, staff, and students', Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 691-705.
Zenk, SN, Tarlov, E, Powell, LM, Wing, C, Matthews, SA, Slater, S, Gordon, HS, Berbaum, M & Fitzgibbon, ML 2018, 'Weight and Veterans’ Environments Study (WAVES) I and II: Rationale, Methods, and Cohort Characteristics', American Journal of Health Promotion, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 779-794.


Jones, KK, Zenk, SN, Tarlov, E, Powell, LM, Matthews, SA & Horoi, I 2017, 'A step-by-step approach to improve data quality when using commercial business lists to characterize retail food environments', BMC Research Notes, vol. 10, no. 1, 35.
Clary, C, Matthews, SA & Kestens, Y 2017, 'Between exposure, access and use: Reconsidering foodscape influences on dietary behaviours', Health and Place, vol. 44, pp. 1-7.
Zenk, SN, Tarlov, E, Wing, C, Matthews, SA, Jones, K, Tong, H & Powell, LM 2017, 'Geographic accessibility of food outlets not associated with body mass index change among veterans, 2009-14', Health Affairs, vol. 36, no. 8, pp. 1433-1442.
Yang, TC, Matthews, SA & Park, K 2017, 'Looking through a different lens: Examining the inequality-mortality association in U.S. counties using spatial panel models', Applied Geography, vol. 86, pp. 139-151.
Tarlov, E, Zenk, SN, Matthews, SA, Powell, LM, Jones, KK, Slater, S & Wing, C 2017, 'Neighborhood resources to Support healthy diets and physical activity among US military veterans', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 14, no. 11, 160590.
Wang, M, Matthews, SA, Iskandarani, K, Li, Y, Li, Z, Chinchilli, VM & Zhang, L 2017, 'Spatial-temporal analysis of prostate cancer incidence from the Pennsylvania cancer registry, 2000-2011', Geospatial Health, vol. 12, no. 2, 611, pp. 369-375.
Lee, BA, Martin, MJR, Matthews, SA & Farrell, CR 2017, 'State-level changes in US racial and ethnic diversity, 1980 to 2015: A universal trend?', Demographic Research, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 1031-1048.
Graif, C & Matthews, SA 2017, 'The Long Arm of Poverty: Extended and Relational Geographies of Child Victimization and Neighborhood Violence Exposures', Justice Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 1096-1125.
Kramer, MR, Black, NC, Matthews, SA & James, SA 2017, 'The legacy of slavery and contemporary declines in heart disease mortality in the U.S. South', SSM - Population Health, vol. 3, pp. 609-617.

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