CATLab (Cultivating Autonomy through Technology Laboratory)

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is developing curricula for gero-engineers to develop assistive technology for older adults, to help them successfully age in place (extend their ability to independently live in their homes).  Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, CSUF is working toward a dynamic research, teaching, and product development center that would be the first of its type in California: Cultivating Autonomy through Technology Laboratory (CATLab). 

CATLab is to be a resource for innovation grounded in expertise.  It's goal is to develop prototype technologies to be tested in the state-of-the-art facilities of CSUF's College of Engineering and Computer Science, and to encourage product/prototype testing by older adults through CSUF’s Institute of Gerontology and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

CATLab will promote public and private collaboration and creativity. CATLab will function in part as an incubator to assist new business growth, provide academic-based education and training, and pursue cutting-edge technological development. This unique partnership between the departments of Engineering and Gerontology at CSUF will advance Orange County's participation in assistive technology development.

CATLab will be grounded in best practice principles, using a person-oriented approach that supports in-home senior living with the aid of computer technology and new assistive devices.

With interest and support from public and private organizations devoted to the well-being of our older adult population, CATLab will integrate the strengths and opportunities of the CSU system, including education programs and demonstration conferences.

CSUF collaborators include: College of Engineering and Computer Science; Institute of Gerontology; College of Health and Human Development; College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Interdisciplinary CSUF CATLab team members and supporters include: Laura Zettel-Watson (Psychology), Barbara Cherry (Psychology), Debra Rose (Kinesiology), Sang June Oh (Mechanical Engineering), Hart Roussel (College of Engineering and Computer Science), Susan Cadwallader (Marketing), Melanie Horn Mallers (Human Services), Owen Holmes (Public Affairs and Government Relations), Raman Unnikrishnan (Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science), and Angela Della Volpe (English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics).

Reality Versus Myth


Many current beliefs about aging were based on information that is no longer valid given recent scientific advances.  Join our Gerontology Program and help us dispell myths that have been circulating about the aging population. You can do this through our Minor program, our Masters program, or by simply passing on knowledge you gain from helpful, scientific flyers. One such flyer was recently released by the American Psychological Association on Older Adult's Health and Age Related Changes: Reality Versus Myth.