Data and Systems Science

Data and systems science research includes, but is not limited to informatics, use and development of technologies, digital health, and data elements.

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Data science is the application of computational inquiries into large data sets to uncover data-driven decisions and solutions. Data analytics can include data mining, machine learning and other predictive analytic approaches.

Systems scientists identify and test factors for modifying complex systems (e.g., health care settings, populations).  The intentions are to achieve higher quality (safer) care, better patient experiences and population health outcomes at less cost, and improved healthcare provider work life.

Within data and systems science, our faculty are harnessing the development and use of technology for improving health and healthcare. They are engaged in creating clinical decision and care team communication enhancements and advancing provider care delivery for the early identification and treatment of disease and prevention of adverse events, as well as mobile health programs for improving health behaviors that will prevent cancer and chronic health conditions.

Faculty

Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist , PhD, RN, FWAN, FAAN

Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

My interdisciplinary community-based participatory research (CBPR) matches the right community health system, with the right caregiving family, at the right time. With the ENCASA Community Advisory Council, we test culturally appropriate innovations; e.g., digital “graphic-novelas” to assist minority older adults to “age in place.”

Sheila M Gephart

Sheila M Gephart

Sheila M Gephart , PhD, RN

Associate Professor, Nursing

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I conduct research to help clinicians make evidence-based decisions using a technology called clinical decision support systems. My nursing experience in neonatal intensive care informs my work to prevent and support timely diagnosis of necrotizing enterocolitis in fragile infants- a project we call "NEC-Zero."

Judith S Gordon

Judith Gordon

Judith S Gordon , PhD

Associate Dean, Research

Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

I conduct research to help people engage in healthier lifestyle behaviors, primarily tobacco use cessation and prevention. Currently, I focus on reaching tobacco users in a variety of healthcare settings, and using integrative approaches and technology to reduce tobacco use.

Kathleen C Insel

Kathleen Insel

Kathleen C Insel , PhD, RN

Professor, Nursing

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My area of research focuses on cognitive function and how cognition is influenced by age, illness, and treatment; this also informs how cognitive function influences self-management. Using cognitive theories, we developed an intervention to improve medication adherence. We are now translating this intervention to an App.

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher , PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor, Public Health

Director, PhD Program

Professor, Nursing

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I conduct cancer prevention and control research, primarily targeting skin cancer. I focus on technology-based, theory-driven behavioral interventions to: reduce individual skin cancer risk, train healthcare and service providers to reduce skin cancer risk in their clients, and educate adolescents to improve sun safety behaviors.

Jessica Rainbow

Jessica Rainbow

Jessica Rainbow , PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, Nursing

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I conduct research on the hospital work environment in order to improve nurse and patient health and safety outcomes. Currently, I focus on understanding and addressing nurse presenteeism, when you are physically at work, but not fully engaged or functioning.

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea , PhD, RN, CHPN

Assistant Professor of Practice, Biomedical Informatics

Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

I conduct research that combines serious illness care (palliative and hospice) and technology, primarily in residential settings. Currently, I am focusing on tele-palliative care that uses mobile device instant video conferencing to reduce stress and time to symptom reduction.

Silva Graciela Emilia Torres

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres , PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Public Health

Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

My research focus is on sleep and outcomes related to quality of sleep such as weight gain, circadian rhythms, quality of life, and glycemic control, as well as biometrics to detect sleep disordered breathing. I use statistical techniques to evaluate associations, such as mixed models and longitudinal analysis.