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Paula Carder, PhD
Paula Carder, PhD


Tel: 503.725.5144
Fax: 503.725.5100
Office: URBN 470R

Research Interests

Dr. Carder's research agenda is broadly concerned with institutional and socio-cultural attitudes about aging, frailty, and dementia. She examines these concepts by studying the policies that govern assisted living and memory care communities, the practices of senior housing communities, and the daily lived experience of people who live and work in these communities. She is especially interested in the use of qualitative methods to study institutional and organizational practices as well as individual experiences of systems and policies

Current Projects

Dr. Carder has been the PI and co-PI of studies funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, National Institute on Aging, Oregon Partners for Alzheimer's Research, and Oregon's Department of Human Services. Current and recent projects include an annual survey of Oregon's assisted living, residential care, memory care, and adult foster homes; an evaluation of an affordable housing plus services demonstration project; and a national review of assisted living/residential care regulations. She received her PhD. in Public Policy in 1999 from Portland State University and teaches courses in long-term care policy, health and qualitative research methods.


  • Long-term care policy
  • Health and housing
  • Qualitative research methods

Selected Publications

  • Dys. S., Carder, P.C., Elliott, S. (2018). Online Social Marketing Practices of Assisted Living Communities in Oregon. Seniors Housing and Care Journal.
  • Tunalilar, O., Carder, P.C., Dys, S. (2018). Correlates of Response to Mail Questionnaires among Assisted Living Communities in Oregon, 2014-2016. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Accepted May 23, 2018.
  • Carder, P.C., Kohon, J., Limburg, A. (2018). Waiting for housing assistance: characteristics and narrative accounts of low-income older persons. Housing & Society. DOI: 10.1080/08882746.2018.1488212.
  • Carder, P.C. (2017). State Regulatory Approaches for Dementia Care in Residential Care and Assisted Living. The Gerontologist. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnw197
  • Carder, P.C., & O’Keeffe, J. (2016). State regulation of medication administration by unlicensed assistive personnel in residential care and adult day services settings. Research in Gerontological Nursing. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20160404-03
  • Carder, P.C., O’Keeffe, J., O’Keeffe, C., White, E., & Wiener, J. (2016). State regulatory provisions for residential care settings: an overview of staffing requirements. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. DOI: 10.3768/rtipress.2016.op.0030.1607
  • Carder, P.C., O’Keeffe, J., & O’Keeffe, C. (2015). Compendium of Residential Care and Assisted Living Regulations and Policy. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Available from

Recent Media

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