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Stephen Augustus Matthews, PhD

Stephen Augustus Matthews, PhD

Professor, Sociology and Criminology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications


Kim, OS, Han, J, Kim, KW, Matthews, SA & Shim, C 2022, 'Depopulation, super aging, and extreme heat events in South Korea', Climate Risk Management, vol. 38, 100456.
Benassi, F, Crisci, M, Matthews, SA & Rimoldi, SML 2022, 'Migrants' Population, Residential Segregation, and Metropolitan Spaces - Insights from the Italian Experience over the Last 20 Years', Migration Letters, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 287-301.
Yang, TC, Matthews, SA & Sun, F 2022, 'Multiscale Dimensions of Spatial Process: COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Rates in U.S. Counties', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 63, no. 6, pp. 954-961.
Hashtarkhani, S, Kiani, B, Mohammadi, A, MohammadEbrahimi, S, Eslami, S, Tara, M & Matthews, SA 2022, 'One-year spatiotemporal database of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) calls in Mashhad, Iran: data on 224,355 EMS calls', BMC Research Notes, vol. 15, no. 1, 22.


PLACE Development Working Group 2021, 'Adolescent Development in Context: A Decade Review of Neighborhood and Activity Space Research', Journal of Research on Adolescence, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 944-965.
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.
Yang, TC, Kim, S & Matthews, SA 2021, 'Face Masking Violations, Policing, and COVID-19 Death Rates: A Spatial Analysis in New York City ZIP Codes', Professional Geographer, vol. 73, no. 4, pp. 670-682.
Hashtarkhani, S, Kiani, B, Mohammadi, A, MohammadEbrahimi, S, Dehghan-Tezerjani, M, Samimi, T, Tara, M & Matthews, SA 2021, 'Spatio-temporal epidemiology of emergency medical requests in a large urban area. A scan-statistic approach', Geospatial Health, vol. 16, no. 2, 1043.
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.