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
  • Exercise
  • Veterans
  • Body Mass Index
  • Mortality
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Obesity

Recent Publications


Chen, VYJ, Yang, TC & Matthews, SA 2020, 'Exploring Heterogeneities with Geographically Weighted Quantile Regression: An Enhancement Based on the Bootstrap Approach', Geographical Analysis.
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.


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, E111.
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.


Rovniak, L, Bopp, MJ, Wilson, D, Colgan, J, Sims, D, Matthews, SA & Poole, E 2016, 'A social media campaign for promoting active travel to a university campus', Journal of Healthcare Communications, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 16.
Bopp, M, Sims, D, Colgan, J, Rovniak, L, Matthews, SA & Poole, E 2016, 'An examination of workplace influences on active commuting in a sample of university employees', Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 387-391.
Haley, DF, Matthews, SA, Cooper, HLF, Haardörfer, R, Adimora, AA, Wingood, GM & Kramer, MR 2016, 'Confidentiality considerations for use of social-spatial data on the social determinants of health: Sexual and reproductive health case study', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 166, pp. 49-56.
Short, PF, Moran, JR, Yang, TC, Camacho, F, Gusani, NJ, MacKley, HB, Matthews, SA & Anderson, RT 2016, 'Effects of hospital type and distance on lymph node assessment for colon cancer among metropolitan and nonmetropolitan patients in appalachia', Medical Care Research and Review, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 546-564.
Rovniak, LS, Kong, L, Hovell, MF, Ding, D, Sallis, JF, Ray, CA, Kraschnewski, JL, Matthews, SA, Kiser, E, Chinchilli, VM, George, DR & Sciamanna, CN 2016, 'Engineering Online and In-Person Social Networks for Physical Activity: A Randomized Trial', Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 885-897.
Kramer, MR, Raskind, IG, Van Dyke, ME, Matthews, SA & Cook-Smith, JN 2016, 'Geography of Adolescent Obesity in the U.S., 2007−2011', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 898-909.
Zhang, Y, Yang, TC & Matthews, SA 2016, Inferring censored geo-information with non-representative data. in P Perner (ed.), Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition - 12th International Conference, MLDM 2016, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 9729, Springer Verlag, pp. 229-235, 12th International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition, MLDM 2016, New York, United States, 7/16/16.
Fleming, ST, Mackley, HB, Camacho, F, Yao, N, Gusani, NJ, Seiber, EE, Matthews, SA, Yang, TC & Hwang, W 2016, 'Patterns of Care for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer in Appalachia, and the Clinical, Sociodemographic, and Service Provider Determinants', Journal of Rural Health, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 113-124.
Fowler, CS, Lee, BA & Matthews, SA 2016, 'The Contributions of Places to Metropolitan Ethnoracial Diversity and Segregation: Decomposing Change Across Space and Time', Demography, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 1955-1977.
Winchester, MS, BeLue, R, Oni, T, Wittwer-Backofen, U, Deobagkar, D, Onya, H, Samuels, TA, Matthews, SA, Stone, C & Airhihenbuwa, C 2016, 'The Pan-University Network for Global Health: Framework for collaboration and review of global health needs', Globalization and Health, vol. 12, no. 1, 13.
Bopp, M, Sims, D, Matthews, SA, Rovniak, LS, Poole, E & Colgan, J 2016, 'There׳s an app for that: development of a smartphone app to promote active travel to a college campus', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 305-314.

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