Ian "Matt" Nelson, MGS

Research Scholar


MGS, Miami University
BA, Susquehanna University

Research Interests

Quantitative data analyses; data management; mental health and aging; long-term care policy; disability across the life-course

Biographical Sketch

Matt Nelson has worked over a decade at the Scripps Gerontology Center. His role has included working with a variety of stakeholders (administrators, funders) in survey development, interviewing (administrators, caregivers, participants), data collection, data analyses, report writing, and grant submission. For the last 10 years, he has worked with Scripps staff to develop a profile of nursing home residents within Ohio using the Minimum Data Set, OSCAR, and Medicaid Cost Report. It is in this capacity that he took an interest in examining the prevalence of severe mental illness within nursing homes. In addition, Matt has presented at national conferences on this topic.

Matt has extensive experience with large datasets using a variety of statistical software packages such as SAS, SPSS, and R. On occasion he has also had the pleasure of teaching workshops related to data management to graduate students.

Selected Publications

Nelson, I. M. & Kunkel, S. (2009). Consumer direction in Ohio: Findings from two demonstration projects. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Mehdizadeh, S., Applebaum, R., Nelson, I. M., Straker, J., & Deacon, M. (2013). Maybe elephants can dance: Two decades of progress in delivering long-term services and supports in Ohio . Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology
Center, Miami University.

Mehdizadeh, S., Nelson, I., Applebaum, R. (2012). Ohio’s “Front Door” Balancing effort. Project Report. Scripps Gerontology Center. Oxford, OH.

Douglas A. Noe, Ian M. Nelson, Shahla Mehdizadeh, A. John Bailer (2009). Will they stay or will they go? Growing trees to predict disenrollment from home care services to nursing homes, CHANCE, pp.

Mehdizadeh, S., Nelson, I., & Applebaum, R. (2006). Nursing home use in Ohio: Who stays, who pays? Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.