Jenay Beer

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Associate Professor, College of Public Health

Jenay Beer
Jenay Beer

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Associate Professor, College of Public Health





101 Hudson Hall
Room: 148

Jenay Beer is an associate professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) Institute of Gerontology, with a joint appointment in College of Public Health (Department of Health Promotion and Behavior) and the School of Social Work. Beer has an interdisciplinary background and experience in Engineering Psychology. Her research program is a mix of social science and technology implementation to investigate technology applications that promote health and well-being for older adults, particularly those with, or at risk for, dementia.

Our ever-growing older population is living in a world where technological advances in computers, smart homes, and even robotics are shaping healthcare management, aging-in-place, and access to cutting-edge interventions. Beer has investigated the usability, acceptance, and adoption of technology supports and interventions ranging from web-applications to advanced robotics, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications on related to technology interventions for persons with dementia, their caregivers, persons aging with disability, and rural older adults.

In 2019, Beer was selected as one of two inaugural UGA Innovation Fellows. Beer is also the Co-Director (along with Lisa M. Renzi-Hammond) of the Cognitive Aging Research and Education (CARE) Center, an interdisciplinary hub designated for dementia diagnosis, care, clinical research, and education for rural Georgians.

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  • Ph.D., Engineering Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Engineering Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Dayton, OH
Research Interests
  • Aging
  • Aging-in-place
  • Assistive technology
  • Educational robotics
  • Caregiving
  • Dementia
  • Geron-technology
  • Gerontology
  • Human factors
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Psychology
  • Smart homes
  • Telehealth
Teaching Specialties
  • Community Based Research Seminar (SOWK)
  • Research Methods (SOWK)
  • Smart Technology for an Aging Society (GRNT)
  • Aging in Place (GRNT)
  • Public Health and Aging (GRNT)

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