Smith, Matthew individual record
Associate Professor

Recognizing health status is influenced by a vast and interconnected set of determinants, Dr. Matthew Lee Smith has devoted his career to create synergistic partnerships and initiatives to encourage positive lifestyles and reduce rates of preventable morbidity and mortality. He has earned a national reputation as a falls expert and evaluator of evidence-based programs for older adults. His involvement in local, state, and national evaluation initiatives have been integral to foster understanding about the reach, adoption, implementation, effectiveness, and maintenance of different evidence-based programs targeting key populations in a variety of community, school, workplace, and healthcare sectors. Dr. Smith's evaluation efforts have been funded by organizations including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Administration on Aging (AoA), National Council on Aging (NCOA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

selected publications
Academic Articles221
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  • Bergeron, C. D., Goltz, H. H., Boolani, A., & Smith, M. L. (2021). Factors Associated with Four Sexual Behaviors among Married/Partnered Women Ages 60 and Older in the United States. Sexes. 2(4), 445-451.
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  • Boolani, A., Yager, C., Reid, J., Lackman, J., & Smith, M. L. (2021). Correlates of depressive mood among graduate-level allied health students: An exploratory study examining trait energy and fatigue. Journal of American College Health. 1-12.
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  • Bowman, A., Knack, J. M., Barry, A. E., Merianos, A. L., Wilson, K. L., McKyer, E., & Smith, M. L. (2021). Self-Perceptions and Factors Associated With Being Put Down at School Among Middle and High School Students.. J Sch Nurs. 37(4), 270-279.
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  • Mahoney, G., Martin, J., Martin, R., Yager, C., Smith, M. L., Grin, Z., ... Boolani, A. (2021). Evidence that feelings of energy and fatigue are associated differently with gait characteristics and balance: an exploratory study. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior. 9(3), 125-138.
  • Miles, T. P., & Smith, M. L. (2013). Does healthcare quality contribute to disparities? An examination of aging and minority status issues in America. Whitfield, K. E., & Baker, T. A. (Eds.), Handbook of Minority Aging. 237-254. Springer Publishing Company.
  • Lee, M., Belza, B., Altpeter, M., Ahn, S., B., J., & G., M. (2012). Disseminating an Evidence-Based Disease Self-Management Program for Older Americans: Implications for Diversifying Participant Reach Through Delivery Site Adoption. Maddock, J. (Eds.), Public Health - Social and Behavioral Health. InTech.
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  • Hochhalter, A. K., Smith, M. L., & Ory, M. G. (2011). Successful Aging and Resilience: Applications for Public Health and Health Care. Resnick, B., Gwyther, L. P., & Roberto, K. A. (Eds.), Resilience in Aging. 15-29. Springer New York.
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Conference Papers37
  • Smith, M. L., Adler, C., Patel, A., Venigalla, S., Ahn, S., Towne, S., & Ory, M. (2016). FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH HEALTHCARE-RELATED FRUSTRATIONS AMONG ADULTS WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS. The Gerontologist. 56(Suppl_3), 314-314.
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  • Smith, M. L., Shubert, T., Schneider, E. C., Wilson, A., Towne, S., & Ory, M. (2016). FALL PREVENTION INTERVENTION SUSTAINABILITY AFTER THE FUNDING ENDS. The Gerontologist. 56(Suppl_3), 273-273.
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  • Shubert, T., Ory, M., Schneider, E. C., & Smith, M. L. (2016). INNOVATION AND FALL PREVENTION. The Gerontologist. 56(Suppl_3), 273-273.
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  • Schneider, E. C., Shubert, T., Smith, M. L., Wilson, A., & Ory, M. (2016). MULTI-LEVEL FALL PREVENTION OVER TIME: THE STATE-DRIVEN FALL PREVENTION PROJECT. The Gerontologist. 56(Suppl_3), 273-273.
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  • Ory, M., Smith, M. L., Schneider, E. C., Wilson, A., & Shubert, T. (2016). SYSTEMS CHANGE FOR FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM DELIVERY. The Gerontologist. 56(Suppl_3), 273-273.
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Repository Documents / Preprints2
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  • Vollmer Dahlke, D., Lee, S., Smith, M. L., Shubert, T., Popovich, S., & Ory, M. G. (2020). Attitudes Toward Technology and Use of Fall Alert Wearables in Caregiving: Survey Study (Preprint).
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Internet Publications4
  • Ory, M., & Smith, M. L. (2020). Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it. - An article submitted to The Conversation
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  • Honore Goltz, H., & Smith, M. L. (2018). Think teens need the sex talk? Older adults may need it even more. - An article submitted to The Conversation 54-56.
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  • Ory, M., Belza, B., & Smith, M. L. (2018). As life expectancies rise, so are expectations for healthy aging. - An article submitted to The Conversation
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  • Smith, M. L., Schneider, E., Ory, M., & Shubert, T. (2018). Before the fall: How oldsters can avoid one of old age’s most dangerous events. - An article submitted to The Conversation
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chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging; 212 Adriance Lab Road, #360A; 1266 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843