Data & 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

Barbara B Brewer

Barbara B Brewer

Barbara B Brewer , PhD, RN, MALS, MBA, FAAN

Associate Professor
My research focuses on understanding relationships among professional practice, environments of care, communication and quality, and safety outcomes in acute care hospitals. Currently my focus is on stability of communication structures and how they affect patient safety outcomes.
Accepting PhD Students

Jane M Carrington

Jane M Carrington

Jane M Carrington , PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor

Data and Systems Science

Data Analytics, Data Elements, Informatics
The focus of my research is to increase the effectiveness of nurse to nurse communication of clinical events using the electronic health record. We are developing algorithms and interfaces to meet this goal and complimenting this work with precision nursing or data driven care.
Accepting PhD Students

Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist , PhD, RN, FNGNA, FAAN

Associate Professor
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.”
Accepting PhD Students

Sheila M Gephart

Sheila M Gephart

Sheila M Gephart , PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Data and Systems Science

Big Data, Data Analytics, Informatics, Use and Development of Technology
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."
Accepting PhD Students

Judith S Gordon

Judith S Gordon

Judith S Gordon , PhD

Professor, Nursing

Data and Systems Science

Digital Health
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.
Accepting PhD Students

Kathleen C Insel

Kathleen C Insel

Kathleen C Insel , PhD, RN

Professor
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.
Accepting PhD Students

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher , PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor

Data and Systems Science

Informatics
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.
Accepting PhD Students

Jessica Rainbow

Jessica Rainbow

Jessica Rainbow , PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
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.
Accepting PhD Students

Jennifer Ruel

Jennifer Ruel , DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Data and Systems Science

Data Elements, Informatics

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea , PhD, RN, CHPN

Clinical Associate Professor

Data and Systems Science

Informatics
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.
Accepting PhD Students

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres , PhD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor

Data and Systems Science

Data Analytics, Data Elements
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.

Laura A Szalacha

Laura A Szalacha

Laura A Szalacha

Instructor

Data and Systems Science

Data Analytics
I am an applied statistician, qualitative researcher, and methodologist. She has extensive experience in NIH-funded longitudinal studies of health disparities, working particularly with underserved minority populations. My developmental psychology work has a concentrated focus on adolescent development, particularly in marginalized groups, such as LGBT youth and immigrant children.