Dr. Shelly Fritz is a College of Nursing assistant professor in Vancouver, Washington. Her nursing background is in hospital administration and governance (board level), public health, emergency nursing, and nursing education. Dr. Fritz’s research focuses on the application of technology in the delivery of healthcare and human-computer interactions. A major line of research inquiry is the use of smart homes with artificial intelligence capabilities to help older adults age in place. Her research is performed in the space between nursing and engineering and under the umbrella of a newly emerging field, gerontechnology. Dr. Fritz is primarily a qualitative researcher but she uses multiple methods of research design. She teaches in the RN-BSN, DNP, and PhD programs and serves on nursing and interdisciplinary technology-focused dissertation committees.
- Washington State University Insider News. (July 9, 2020). Cloth mask tested by nursing faculty shows promise. https://news.wsu.edu/2020/07/09/cloth-mask-tested-wsu-college-nursing-faculty-shows-promise-better-protection
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- East County Journal. (April 29, 2020). Commissioner thoughts on the pandemic. Print only.
- Fast Company. (April 7, 2020). ‘This could get Orwellian really fast’: COVID-19 could end privacy as we know it. https://www.fastcompany.com/90482264/this-could-get-orwellian-really-fast-covid-19-could-end-privacy-as-we-know-it/
- Washington State University Insider News. (January 2019). Dialogue circles build bridges between nursing students, communities of color. https://news.wsu.edu/2019/01/23/dialogue-circles-build-bridges-nursing-students-communities-color/
- Washington State University Insider News. (July 2018). WSU smart home research expanding. https://news.wsu.edu/2018/07/09/wsu-smart-home-research-expanding/
- Xconomy. (October 23, 2107). WSU researchers team sensors, clinicians, algorithms for senior care. http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2017/10/23/wsu-researchers-team-sensors-clinicians-algorithms-for-senior-care/
- The Reflector. (October 11, 2017). WSU Vancouver puts together ‘Smart Home’ research team: $1.77 million grant award for study of health monitoring equipment. http://www.thereflector.com/eedition/page_6dbcde40-b18c-5dc8-95b6-71be52b5660f.html
- Health Facilities Management: American Hospital Association Pulication. (September 27, 2017). Scientists develop smart sensors to help patients age in place. https://www.hfmmagazine.com/articles/3124-tech-talk-smart-sensors-patient-engagement-and-virtual-rehab
- The Chronicle. (September 26, 2017). Mossyrock native part of WSU ‘smart home’ research team: grant awarded for study of health-monitoring equipment. http://www.chronline.com/news/mossyrock-native-part-of-wsu-smart-home-research-team/article_2c110c40-a2ea-11e7-a200-07970978991d.html
- Home Health Technology News. (September 26, 2017). “Grant expands WSU ‘clinician-in-the-loop’ research.” http://www.homehealthtechnologynews.com/general-news/grant-expands-wsu-clinician-in-the-loop-research/
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing News Watch Weekly Addition. (September 13, 2017). “New parterships and grant funded initiatives.” http://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/News/View/ArticleId/20588/News-Watch-9-13-17
- McKnights Senior Living with Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor. (September 12, 2017) “$1.8 million grant funds study of ‘smart’ tech in senior living.” http://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/news/18-million-grant-funds-study-of-smart-tech-in-senior-living/article/687960/
- Washington State University News. (August 28, 2017) “$1.77M NIH grant funds WSU professors’ smart-home technology research.” https://news.wsu.edu/2017/08/28/nih-funds-smart-home-research/
- Bachelor of Science Nursing, Walla Walla University, College Place, WA
- Master’s of Science Nursing, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
- Doctor of Philosophy Nursing, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
Gerontechnology, Smart Homes, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Human Factors
Areas of Expertise
Population Health, Informatics, Technology, Nursing Education
Mixed Methods in Big Data; Qualitative Descriptive
- American Academy of Nurses
- Council for Advancement of Nursing Science
- Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (2020-present)
- American Nurses Association (2019-present)
- International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (2017-2018)
- International Society of Gerontechnology (2013-present)
- Delta Chi Chapter-at-Large, Sigma Theta Tau International (2013-present)
- Western Institute of Nursing (2013-present)
- Washington State Public Health Association (previous)
- American Public Health Association (previous)
- Emergency Nurses of America (previous)
Honors & Awards
- Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
- 2019 – Faculty Excellence in Research Award, College of Nursing, WSU
- 2018 – Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living Faculty Fellow
- 2018 – Research Excellence Award, Delta Chi Chapter-at-Large, Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society
- 2018 – Regional Geriatric Nursing Research Award for a New Researcher, Western Institute of Nursing
- 2017 – Best Gerontology Research Presentation, Western Institute of Nursing Gerontological Special Interest Group
- 2017 – 2020 WSU Honors Faculty Fellow. Re-appointed 2020
- 2015 – Outstanding PhD Student, College of Nursing, WSU
- 2012 – 2015 Integrative Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) Fellowship. National Science Foundation
- 1992 – Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, School of Nursing, Walla Walla University
- 2020 1Brilliant New Investigator Award – Council on the Advancement of Nursing Science
- 2020 1Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
- 2019 Emerging Nurse Researcher/ Scholar Award – Sigma Theta Tau International
- 2019 President’s Award – Friends of National Institute for Nursing Research
- 2018 Faculty Excellence in Research Award – WSU College of Nursing
1This nomination is currently being reviewed by the organization; announcements have not been made.
- “A Clinician-in-the-loop Smart Home to Support Health Monitoring and Intervention for Chronic Conditions: Supplement to Focus on Alzheimer’s and/
or Other Dementias” Diane Cook, PhD (PI), Maureen Schitter-Edgecombe, PhD (PI), Roschelle Fritz, PhD (PI). NIH/NINR. Award No. R01NR016732Supp. $366,710. Nursing Research Grant, 2020-2021, recruiting.
- “Homemade Respirator Masks in a Pandemic.” Roschelle Fritz (PI), Marian Wilson (PI), Shawn Brow (PI). Funded by WSU- Vancouver Office of Research. $8k. 2020-2021. Mask Construction Guidelines
- “Discovering the influence of culture on health-assistive smart home adoption by Asian immigrant older adults for infusion in artificial intelligence: Community-engaged research.” Connie Nguyen-Truong, PhD (PI) and Roschelle Fritz, PhD (PI). $4,000 (internal direct), Washington State University Vancouver Mini-grant, 2018-2019, completed.
- “Influence of Culture on Adoption of Smart Home Monitoring for Health Assistance by Asian American Adults and Older Adults. Connie Nguyen-Truong, PhD (PI) and Roschelle Fritz, PhD (PI). STTI Beta Psi Chapter Award. $2,000 (external direct), Nursing Research Grant, 2017-2018, completed.
- “A Clinician-in-the-loop Smart Home Technology to Support Heath Monitoring and Intervention for Chronic Conditions.” Diane Cook, PhD (PI), Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, PhD (PI), Roschelle Fritz, PhD (PI). NIH/NINR. Award No. R01NR016732. $1.77M. Nursing Research Grant, 2017-2022, data collection phase.
- “Development of an Online Course Suite in Tools for Analysis of Sensor-Based Behavioral Health Data (AHA!).” Diane Cook, PhD (PI); Roschelle Fritz, PhD (Co-I), Anantharaman Kalyanaraman, PhD (Co-I), Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, PhD, Gina Sprint, PhD (Co-I). NIH. Award No. R25EB024327. $911,651. Training Grant, 2017-2020, dissemination phase.
- “RFP Vancouver Campus Infrastructure.” Xuechen Zhang, PhD (PI); Alexander Dimitrov, PhD (Co-I), Roschelle Fritz, PhD (Co-I), Kevan Moffett, PhD (Co-I), Leslie New, PhD (Co-I), Nikolay Strigul, PhD (Co-I), Scott Wallace, PhD (Co-I), Xinghui Zhao, PhD (Co-I). Washington State University Vancouver Internal. $70,000. Infrastructure Grant, 2017- 2021, completed.
- “Smart home technology to support healthy aging: Adding a clinician in-the-loop.” Roschelle Fritz, PHD (PI). WSU Vancouver Mini-grant, 2016 – 2017, $4,800, completed
- Lindblad Foundation. Roschelle Fritz (PI). Smart home technology development for the care of older adults. Telehealth. $17,000. 2017 – 2022, data collection phase.
- Maryville Nursing Home, Sisters of St. Mary, and Touchmark Foundation. Roschelle Fritz, PhD (PI). Sensor detected motion patterns in advance dementia, 2017, completed.
- Washington State University Vancouver External Mentoring Program. Roschelle Fritz, PhD (PI), Mentor: Diane Cook, PhD College of Computer Science and Engineering, Pullman. Washington State University Vancouver Office of Research, $3,810, 2015 – 2016, completed.
- Touchmark Foundation, Clinician-in-the-Loop of the Health-Assistance Smart Home’s Machine Reasoning. Roschelle Fritz, PhD (PI), Diane Cook, PhD (PI), Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe (PI), PhD. $80,000. 2016 – 2022, data collection phase.
Fritz, R.L., Wilson, M., Dermody, G., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & Cook, D. (2020). Automated smart home assessment to support pain management. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(11):e23943. doi: 10.2196/23943
Fritz, R.L., Wilson, M., & Brow, S. (2020). Homemade Respirator Masks in a Pandemic. American Nurse. https://www.myamericannurse.com/a-measure-of-last-resort-homemade-respirator-masks-in-a-pandemic/
Sprint, G., Cook, D., & Fritz, R.L. (2020). Behavioral health differences between subject groups identified using smart homes and change point detection. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. doi:10.1109/JBHI.2020.2999607
Fritz, R.L., & Dermody, G. (2020). Interpreting health events in big data using qualitative traditions. International Journal of Qualitative Research. In press. doi: 10.1177/1609406920976453
1Fritz, R. L., 1Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Lau, C., Lee, J., Le, C., Kim, J., Wong, K., 3Leung, J., Nguyen, T. H., 3Le, T. V., Nevers, J. I., & Truong, A. M. (2020). Older Asian immigrants’ perceptions on adoption of health-assistive smart homes. Gerontechnology. 19(4). [1Co-First Authors]
Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Closner, M., & Fritz, R. L. (2019). Culturally safe didactic dialogue circles: Student and cultural community leader engagement. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(4), 251-252. doi:10.3928/01484834-20190321-15
1Nguyen-Truong, C. & 1Fritz, R. (2019). Health-assistive smart homes for aging in place: Leading the way for integration of the Asian immigrant voice. Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 3(4), 154-159. doi:10.31372/20180304.1087 [Special Issue Technology and Health] [1Co-Frist Authors]
Fritz, R., & Dermody, G. (2019). A nurse-driven method for developing artificial intelligence in “smart” homes for aging in place. Nursing Outlook, 67(2), 140-153. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2018.11.004
Dermody, G., & Fritz, R. (2018). A conceptual framework for clinicians working with artificial intelligence and health-assistive smart homes. Nursing Inquiry, 26(1), e12267. doi:10.1111/nin.1226
Fritz, R.L. & Wilson, M. (2018). Evidence Based Practice. In Phelps, S., Kane, K., & Planchon, J. The Intersection: Where Evidence Based Nursing and Information Literacy Meet. Cambridge, MA: Chandos Publishing.
2Braley, R., Fritz, R., Van Son, C., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2018). Prompting technology and persons with dementia: The significance of context and communication.
Cook, D., Duncan, G., Sprint, G., & Fritz, R. (2018). Using smart city technology to make healthcare smarter. Proceedings of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 106(4), 78-722. doi:10.1109/JPROC.2017.2787688
1Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., 1Fritz, R. L., Lee, J., Lau, C., Le, C., Kim, J., Leung, H., Nguyen, T. H., Leung, J., Le, T. V., Truong, A. M., Postma, J., Hoeksel, R., & Van Son, C. (2018). Interactive co-learning for research engagement and education (I-COREE) curriculum to build capacity between community partners and academic researchers. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 3(4), 126-138. doi:10.31372/20180304.1030. [Special Issue Technology and Health] [1Co-Frist Authors]
Ghods, A., Caffrey, K., Lin, B., Fraga, K., Fritz, R., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Hundhausen, C. & Cook, D. (2018). Iterative design of visual analytics for a clinician-in-the-loop smart home. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 23(4), 1742-1748. Featured on cover. doi:10.1109/JBHI.2018.2864287
Fritz, R.L., & Cook, D. (July 2017). Identifying varying health states in smart home sensor data: An expert-guided approach. Conference paper. World Multi-Conference of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2017. Orlando, FL. Indexed Scopus.
Fritz, R.L., & Vandermause, R. (2017). Data collection via in-depth email interviewing: Lessons from the Field. Qualitative Health Research, 28(10), 1640-1649. doi:10.1177/1049732316689067
Bolkan, C., & Fritz, R. (2017, July 26). Gerontechnology across the continuum: From independent to assisted living. Symposium Abstract. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, IAGG2017. San Francisco, CA. doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.2436
Fritz, R., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Crandall, A., & Cook, D. (2017, July 26). Health-assistive smart homes with a clinician-in-the-loop. Abstract. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, IAGG2017: Innovation in Aging. San Francisco, CA. doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.2437
Sprint, G., Cook, D., Fritz, R., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2016). Using smart homes to detect and analyze health events. Computer, 49(11), 29-37. Featured article. doi:10.1109/MC.2016.338
Sprint, G., Cook, D., Fritz, R., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2016). Detecting health and behavior change by analyzing smart home sensor data. Conference Paper. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP). doi:10.1109/SMARTCOMP.2016.7501687
Fritz, R.L., Corbett, C.L., Vandermause, R., & Cook, D. (2016). The influence of culture on older adults’ adoption of smart home monitoring. Gerontechnology, 14(3), 146-156. doi:10.4017/gt.2016.14.3.010.00
Vandermause, R., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & Fritz, R. (2014). Innovations in research education: Findings from a study of teaching/learning research using multiple analytical perspectives. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(12), 673-677. doi:10.3928/01484834-20141120-02