Meghan Mattos' research focuses on the prevention and treatment of cognitive impairment in older 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


  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Honors and Awards

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

Research Focus

Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer' Disease, Dementia, Sleep, Technology in Preventive Health

Recent Grants

  • Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, "Interprofessional Home-Based Medical Care and Education Program Serving Rural Adults Living with Dementia," 2020-2022
  • UVA Engineering-in Medicine Seed Grant, "Control of Light Exposure and Its Effect on Sleep Efficiency," 2020-2021
  • Translational Health Institute of Virginia (THRIV) Scholars Program, "Use of an Internet-Based Intervention to Prevent Cognitive Decline in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment," 2018-2021
  • National Research Service Award, NIH (F31 NR015188),  "Mild Cognitive Impairment in Older, Rural Dwelling Adults," 2014-2016

Clinical Focus

Gerontology, neurology

Teaching Focus

I currently teach evidence-based practice and research in the undergraduate and Clinical Nurse Leader programs. I have also taught nursing care of older adults, community health, and health promotion.


  • Editorial Board, Innovation in Aging
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine, Member, 2015-present, and current Co-Chair of Aging SIG
  • The Gerontological Society of America, Member, 2013-present
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, District 6, Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa & Eta Chapters, 2009-present


Journal Articles

Mattos, M. K., Chang, A., Pitcher, K., Whitt, C., Ritterband, L. M., & Quigg, M. S. (2021). A review of insomnia treatments for patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Aging and Disease, 12(4), 1036-1042. doi:10.14336/AD.2021.0423

Mattos, M. K., & Lingler, J. H. (2019). Research data disclosure in the digital age. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 71(4), 1089-1091. doi:10.3233/JAD-190725

Mattos, M., Sereika, S. M., Beach, S. R., Kim, H., Klunk, W. E., Knox, M., Nadkarni, N. K., Parker, L. S., Roberts, J. S., Schulz, R., Tamres, L., & Lingler, J. H. (2019). Research use of ecological momentary assessment for adverse event monitoring following amyloid-β imaging. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 71(4), 1071-1079. doi:10.3233/JAD-190091

Mattos, M., Burke, L.E., Baernholdt, M., Hu, L., Nilsen, M.L., & Lingler, J.H. (2019). Perceived social determinants of health among older, rural-dwelling adults with early-stage cognitive impairment. Dementia, 18(3), 920-935. doi:10.1177/1471301217694250

Mattos, M., Sereika, S. M., Kim, H., Tamres, L., Knox, M., & Lingler, J. H. (2018). Differences in illness perceptions between participants with mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. Innovation in Aging, 2(Suppl 1), 924-925. doi:10.1093/geroni/igy031.3438

Mattos, M., Nilsen, M. L., & Lingler, J. H. (2018). Experiences surrounding an early cognitive diagnosis in older, rural-dwelling adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 11(4), 181-189. doi:10.3928/19404921-20180628-03

Lingler, J. H., Roberts, J. S., Kim, H., Morris, J., Hu, L., Mattos, M., McDade, E., & Lopez, O. (2018). Amyloid PET candidates may focus more on benefits than risks of results disclosure. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, 10, 413-420. doi:10.1016/j.dadm.2018.05.003

Imes, C. C., Zheng, Y., Mendez, D. D., Rockette-Wagner, B. J., Mattos, M. K., Goode, R. W., Sereika, S. M., & Burke, L. E. (2018). Group-based trajectory analysis of physical activity change in a U.S weight loss intervention. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 15(11), 840-846. doi:10.1123/jpah.2017-0484

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

Goode, R.W., Ye, L., Sereika, S.M., Zheng, Y., Mattos, M., Acharya, S.D., Ewing, L.J., Danford, C., Hu, L., Imes, C.C., Chasens, E., Osier, N., Mancino, J., & Burke, L.E. (2015). Socio-demographic, anthropometric, and psychosocial predictors of attrition across behavioral weight-loss trials. Eating Behaviors, 14(20), 27-33. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.11.009

Ambeba, E.J., Ye, L., Sereika, S.M., Styn, M.A., Acharya, S.D., Sevick, M.A., Conroy, M.B., Glanz, K., Zheng,Y., Goode, R.W., Mattos, M., & Burke, L.E. (2015). The use of mHealth to deliver tailored messages reduces reported energy and fat intake. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 30(1), 35-43. doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000120

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

Advance Online Publications

Burke, L. E., Kline, C. E., Mendez, D. D., Shiffman, S., Chasens, E. R., Zheng, Y., Imes, C. C., Cajita, M. I., Ewing, L., Goode, R., Mattos, M. K., Kariuki J. K, Kriska, A., & Rathburn, S. L. (2021). Nightly variation in sleep influences self-efficacy for adhering to a healthy lifestyle: a prospective study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication.