Meghan Mattos' research focuses on the prevention and treatment of cognitive impairment in Appalachian adults, particularly those living in rural areas with limited access to care.

Dr. Mattos practiced clinically in both acute and critical care settings prior to pursuing her PhD, which is where she developed her research interests in gerontology, cognitive health, and health equity. Her continued commitment to providing care to underserved and aging communities drives her research, clinical, and teaching interests.

  • PhD - University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, 2016
  • Health Equity Certificate - University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2016
  • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader, University of Virginia School of Nursing, 2009
  • BA - History & Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2006

Funded grants

  • National Research Service Award, NIH (F31 NR015188),  "Mild Cognitive Impairment in Older, Rural Dwelling Adults," 2014-2016
  • Institutional National Research Service Award, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, NIH (2T32 NR008857), "Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness," 2013-2014


  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Honors and Awards

  • Jonas Salk Fellow, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2011-2012
  • Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, 2011-2013

Research Focus

Improving cognitive health among older adults, particularly those living in rural areas; Identifying determinants of health that influence health status for rural-dwelling Americans to improve detection and prevention of cognitive impairment.

Clinical Focus

Gerontology, neurology

Teaching Focus

Nursing care of older adults, community health, health promotion


  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa & Eta Chapters, 2009-present
  • National Rural Health Association, Member, 2011-present
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, District 6, Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • The Gerontological Society of America, Member, 2013-present
  • Manuscript reviewer for The Journal of Rural Health, The Gerontologist, Applied Nursing Research, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine


Journal Articles

Mattos, M.K., Sereika, S.M., Naples, J.G., & Albert, S.M. (2016). Differences in Benzodiazepine receptor agonist use in rural and urban older adults. Drugs-Real World Outcomes, 3(3), 289-296. doi:10.1007/s40801-016-0080-7

Mattos, M., Snitz, B., Lingler, J.H., Burke, L.E., Novosel, L., & Sereika, S.M. (2016). Older rural- and urban-dwelling Appalachian adults with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Rural Health, 33(2), 208-216. doi:10.1111/jrh.12189

Lingler, J.H., Butters, M.A., Gentry, A.L., Hu, L., Hunsaker, A.E., Klunk, W.E., Mattos, M., Parker, L.A., Roberts, J.S., & Schulz, R. (2016). Development of a standardized approach to disclosing amyloid imaging research results in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 52(1), 17-24. doi:10.3233/JAD-150985

Mattos, M., Jiang, Y., Seaman, J.B., Nilsen, M., Chasens, E.R., & Novosel, L.M. (2015). Baccalaureate nursing students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 41(7), 46-56. doi:10.3928/00989134-20150429-01

Baernholdt, M., Yan, G., Hinton, I., Rose, K., & Mattos, M. (2012). Quality of life in rural and urban adults 65 years and older: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Rural Health, 28(4), 339-347. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0361.2011.00403.x

Baernholdt, M., Hinton, I., Yan, G., Rose, K., & Mattos, M. (2011). Factors associated with quality of life in older adults in the United States. Quality of Life Research, 21(3), 527-534. doi:10.1007/s11136-011-9954-z