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Scott R. Beach

Scott R. Beach, PhD

Center for Social & Urban Research
· Director (Interim)

Survey Research Program
· Program Director

3343 Forbes Ave
Room 208
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone:  412-624-7785


Dr. Beach has been Director of the Survey Research Program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) since 1999, was UCSUR Associate Director between 2010 and 2016; and was named Interim UCSUR Director in 2016.  He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993.  Dr. Beach has directed dozens of large-scale surveys covering a broad range of topics.  He has been involved in all phases of survey design, data collection, and statistical analysis.  He has also conducted and published several papers in survey methodology, focusing primarily on how various data collection technologies (e.g., mobile devices) impact the quality of survey data.  In addition to his work in survey methodology and research design, Dr. Beach has interests and has published in areas such as aging and caregiver stress, elder abuse, and technology and aging.  His work has appeared in some of the major medical, aging, and survey methods journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Psychology & Aging, The Gerontologist, and Journal of Official Statistics.  His recent work on elder abuse has focused on use of survey technology to improve self-reporting of elder abuse, caregiver health and risk for abuse, racial/ethnic disparities in abuse, abuse in assisted living facilities, and screening and detection methods.  He has been an invited participant in several National Institute of Health, National Institute of Justice, and Institute of Medicine workshops on elder abuse.

Research Interests

Survey methodology, research design, statistics, aging and caregiver stress, elder abuse, technology for aging and disabled populations, coping with victimization.

Selected Publications

  • Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., & Sneed, R. (in press). Associations between social support, social networks and financial exploitation in older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

  • Beach, S.R., & Schulz, R. (2017). Family caregiver factors associated with unmet needs for care among older adult care recipients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65(3), 560-566.

  • Beach, S.R., Carpenter, C.R., Rosen, T., Sharps, P., & Gelles, R. (2016). Screening and detection of elder abuse: Research opportunities and lessons learned from emergency geriatric care, intimate partner violence, and child abuse. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 28(4-5), 185-216.PMID: 27593945.

  • Schulz, R., Beach, S.R., Matthews, J.T., Courtney, K., De Vitto Dabs, A., & Person Mecca, L. (2016).   Caregivers’ willingness to pay for technologies to support caregiving. The Gerontologist, 56(5), 817-829. PMID: 26035899.  PMCID: PMC5019044.

  • Schulz, R., Wahl, H., Matthews, J.T., De Vito Dabbs, A., Beach, S.R., & Czaja, S.J. (2015). Advancing the aging and technology agenda in gerontology. The Gerontologist, 55(5), 724-734. PMID: 25165042. PMCID: PMC4592332.

  • Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Matthews, J.T., Courtney, K., & DeVito Dabbs, A. (2014).  Preferences for technology versus human assistance and control over technology in the performance of kitchen and personal care tasks in baby boomers and older adults.  Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 9, 474-486.

  • Beach, S.R. (2013).  Assessing needs, preferences, and attitudes using survey methods.  In R. Schulz (Ed.), Quality of Life Technology, pp. 65-86.  CRC / Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Schulz, R., Beach, S.R., Matthews, J.T., Courtney, K.L., & De Vito Dabbs, A.J. (2012). Designing and evaluating quality of life technologies: An interdisciplinary approach. Proceedings of the IEEE, 100(8), 2397-2409.

  • Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Castle, N.G., & Rosen, J. (2010). Financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment among older adults: Differences between African Americans and non-African Americans in a population-based survey. The Gerontologist, 50, 744-757.

  • Beach, S.R.,Schulz, R., Degenholtz, H.B., Castle, N.G., Rosen, J., Fox, A.R., & Morycz, R.K. (2010). Using Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interviewing and Interactive Voice Response to Measure Elder Mistreatment in Older Adults: Feasibility and Effects on Prevalence Estimates. Journal of Official Statistics, 26, 481-506.

  • Schulz, R., Beach S.R., Hebert, R., Martire, L.M., Monin, J.K, Tompkins, C.A., & Albert, S.M. (2009). Spousal suffering and partner’s depression and cardiovascular disease: The Cardiovascular Health Study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17(3), 246-254.

  • Beach, S.R., Schulz, R., Williamson, G.M., Miller, L.S., Weiner, M.F., & Lance, C.E. (2005). Risk factors for potentially harmful caregiver behavior. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53, 255-261.

  • Greenberg, M. S., & Beach, S. R. (2004). Property crime victims’ decision to notify the police: Social, cognitive, and affective determinants. Law and Human Behavior, 28, 177-186.

  • Beach, S. R., Schulz, R., Yee, J. L., & Jackson, S. (2000). Negative and positive health effects of caring for a disabled spouse: Longitudinal findings from the Caregiver Health Effects Study. Psychology and Aging, 15, 259-271.

  • Schulz, R., & Beach, S. (1999). Caregiving as a risk factor for mortality: The caregiver health effects study. Journal of the American Medical Association, 282, 2215-2219.

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