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


UVA Center for Behavioral Health and Technology


  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Honors and Awards

  • Lucie Young Kelly Faculty Leadership Award, 2023
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Publication Award, 2022
  • Institute on Methods and Protocols for Advancement of Clinical Trials in ADRD (IMPACT-AD) Scholar (NIA U13 AG067696, Alzheimer’s Association SG-20-693774)
  • 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's Disease, Dementia, Sleep, Technology in Preventive Health

Recent Grants

  • NIH NIA K76AG07492-01A1, "Internet-based insomnia intervention to prevent cognitive decline in older adults with mild cognitive impairment," 2022-2027
  • 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. I also serve as Co-Director of the Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease Center (VADC) Scholars Program.


  • Editorial Board, Internet Interventions, 2023-present
  • Editorial Board, Innovation in Aging, 2021-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2020-present
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine, Member, 2015-present, and current Co-Chair of Aging SIG
  • 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

Kim, Y., Esquivel, J.H., Mattos, M., Davis, E., & Logan, J. (2024). The Impact of Forced Awakening on Morning Blood Pressure Surge. Heart & Lung, 68, 92-97.

Mattos, M., Bernacchi, V., Shaffer, K., Gallagher, V., Seo, S., Jepson, L., & Manning, C. (2024). Sleep and caregiver burden among caregivers of persons living with dementia: A scoping review. Innovations in Aging, 8(2), 1-10.

Mattos, M. K., Zawar, I., Manning, C., Patrie, J., & Quigg, M. (2024). Interrelationship of Sleep Disturbances and Cognitive Status on Mortality. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 39(4), 1-10.

McDowell, M., Reid, K.B., & Mattos, M.K. (2023). Promoting antibiotic stewardship for urinary tract infections in skilled nursing facilities. Urologic Nursing, 43(5), 1-55.

Gallagher, V., Reilly, S., Rossetti, M., Mattos, M., Manning, C. (2023). Factors associated with reduced sleep among spouses and caregivers of older adults with varying levels of cognitive decline. Psychogeriatrics, 1(1), 1.

Seo, S. & Mattos, M.K. (2023). The Relationship between Social Support and Sleep Quality in Older Adults: A Review of the Evidence. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 117(2024), 105179.

Mattos, M. K., Gibson, J. S., Wilson, D., Jepson, L., Ahn, S., & Williams, I. C. (2023). Shared decision-making in persons living with dementia: A scoping review. Dementia (London, England), 22(4), 875-909.

Greer, O., Cheng, R., Tamres, L.K., Mattos, M.K., Morris, J.L., Knox, M.L., Lingler, J.H. (2023). Nurse-led pre-test counseling for Alzheimer's disease biomarker testing: Knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of patients and families. Geriatric Nursing, 53, 130-134.

Zawar, I., Mattos, M. K., Manning, C., & Quigg, M. (2023). Sleep disturbances predict cognitive decline. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 1(1), 1.

Gallagher, V., Reilly, S., Williams, I., Mattos, M. K., & Manning, C. (2022). Patterns of sleep disturbances across stages of cognitive decline. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 38(1), 1-11.

Mattos, M. K. & Lingler, J. (2022). Nursing science interventions in aging. The Gerontological Society of America’s Innovation in Aging, 6(6), 1-3.

Shaffer, K., Ritterband, L. M., You, W., Buysse, D. J., Mattos, M. K., Camacho, F., Glazer, J. V., Klinger, J., & Donovan, H. (2022). Single-group trial of an Internet-delivered insomnia intervention among higher-intensity family caregivers: Rationale and mixed-methods study protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 11(1), 34792.

Mace, R., Mattos, M. K., & Vranceanu, A. (2022). Older adults can use technology: Why healthcare professionals must overcome ageism in digital health. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 12(12), 1102-1105.

Zawar, I., Mattos, M. K., Manning, C., & Quigg, M. (2022). Sleep disturbances, cognitive status, and biomarkers of dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 89(4), 1367-1374.

Shaffer, K., Smith, J. G., Glazer, J. V., Camacho, F., Chow, P. I., Mattos, M. K., Ingersoll, K., & Ritterband, L. M. (2022). Effects of an Internet-delivered insomnia intervention for older adults: A secondary analysis on symptoms of depression and anxiety. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 45(5), 728-738.

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. (2022). Nightly variation in sleep influences self-efficacy for adhering to a healthy lifestyle: A prospective study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29(3), 377-386.

Williams, I. C., & Mattos, M. K. (2021). We’re still here: Addressing the diverse healthcare needs of older adults in rural areas. Public Policy & Aging Report, 31(4), 126-128.

Mattos, M., Manning, C. A., Quigg, M. S., Davis, E. M., Barnes, L., Sollinger, A., Eckstein, M. & Ritterband, L. M. (2021). Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an internet-delivered behavioral intervention for insomnia in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 84(4), 1539-1550.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.