Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Stephen Augustus Matthews, PhD

Stephen Augustus Matthews, PhD

Professor, Sociology and Criminology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
sxm27@psu.edu

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

2020

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.07.014
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. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2020.1785059
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/gean.12229
Rabiei-Dastjerdi, H, McArdle, G, Matthews, SA & Keenan, P 2020, 'Gap analysis in decision support systems for real-estate in the era of the digital earth', International Journal of Digital Earth. https://doi.org/10.1080/17538947.2020.1808719
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42650-020-00036-6
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.22611
Yang, TC, Park, K & Matthews, SA 2020, 'Racial/ethnic segregation and health disparities: Future directions and opportunities', Sociology Compass, vol. 14, no. 6, e12794. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12794
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102321
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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0233994

2019

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. https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2019.0044
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.01.009
Matthews, SA 2019, 'Methods and applications in spatial demography', Mathematical Population Studies, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 183-184. https://doi.org/10.1080/08898480.2019.1653058
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. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd16.180491
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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6501-2
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sste.2019.100287
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.01.013

2018

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/ruso.12254
Iceland, JD, Matthews, SA & Van Hook, J 2018, 'Co-Editors’ Note', Demography, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 691-692. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-018-0659-6
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77685-9_2
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2018.03.008
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117117694287
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.13043
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12223
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.02.004
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12323
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. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020211
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/23249935.2018.1427814
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117117694448

2017

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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-016-2355-1
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.12.005
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. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0122
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.07.006
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. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd14.160590
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. https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2017.611
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. https://doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2017.37.33
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2016.1276951
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.07.004

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