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Aisha Bonner Cozad Ph.D. and Matthew Sampson

2019 CSA Conference


Aisha Bonner Cozad Ph.D.

Senior Research Advisor


Innovation in Safe Driving with 50+ Populations

Since 2011 AARP has been working with the 50+ population to encourage safe driving with its 'Smart Driving' classroom and online courses. With an eye toward innovation, the Driver Safety Program has been in the process of investigating the use of safe driving apps to augment its many educational programs.     

This groundbreaking study will examine the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of adults 50 + before and after they participate in a test using a safe driving app. In addition to driving data and pre and post test surveys, this study will include a sample of participants who will engage in a 'dynamic community' during the app test. The dynamic community will allow for real-time interaction with the study participants as they use the app.     

The data produced from this study will provide invaluable information about the utility of this type of safe driving app for the 50+ and their willingness to engage with this new technology.        

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will understand the definition of telematics and how this technology is used in safe driving apps
  • Attendees will be able to identify the many tools available for the 50+ population to maintain their skills as safe drivers
  • Attendees will understand the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of 50+ drivers who have experienced the use of safe driving apps and engage in discussion on the utility of this technology for 50+ populations

About Aisha

Aisha Bonner Cozad received her PhD. in 2012 and MSW in 2005, from Howard University and her BS in Special Education from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996. For eight years, Aisha worked with SPMI adolescents in group home settings before returning to school for her MSW.  Her current research interests include health care disparities for older minority adults, poverty, an aging population’s impact on public policy, and technology utilization with aging populations, specifically through telemedicine interventions.  

Aisha began her career at AARP as an intern in the DC state office in May of 2006 and worked closely with the staff on a multitude of state-level projects.  Opportunity presented itself for full-time employment as a Research Technician in Knowledge Management in May of 2007.  In July of 2008, Aisha secured a Research Specialist position in State Research.  Aisha is currently a Senior Research Advisor and regional contact for the West & Central regions, serving on the Strategic and Local Team.  Aisha has spent the last year working on Telematics research and a study on Urban Indian Elders.

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