Elena Gonzalez

Research Scientist I


Elena is a Gerontologist with an interest in aging-in-place initiatives. She is particularly interested in how technology can enable older adults and individuals with disabilities to live independently in the homes of their choice. Her past research experience involved developing and executing in-home technology evaluations with older adults. She joined CATEA in 2015 and currently serves as both the Project Coordinator and an Investigator for RERC TechSAge (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support for Successful Aging with Disability).


  • M.S. Gerontology, University of Southern California
  • B.A. Psychology, Georgia State University

Research Interests:

  • Aging in Place
  • Technology & Aging
  • Aging with Disability
  • Universal Design


Gonzalez, E., Jones, A., Harley, L., Burnham, D., Choi, Y. M., Fain, W. B., & Ghovanloo, M. (2014). Older adults’ perceptions of a neckwear health technology. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting (1815-1819). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Professional Memberships/Affiliations:

  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
  • Design and Assistive Technologies for Healthy Aging (DATHA), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Southern Gerontological Society (SGS)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)