Faculty & Research

Faculty

Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, FACMI

Director, Institute for Informatics (I2)

Robert J. Terry Professor

Professor of General Medical Sciences,
School of Medicine

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Joanna Abraham, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Chih-Hung Chang, PhD

Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine

Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA

Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI)

Thomas Kannampallil, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Associate Chief Research Information Officer, School of Medicine

Albert M. Lai, PhD

Deputy Director, Institute for Informatics (I2)

Chief Research Information Officer, School of Medicine

Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Fuhai Li, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Po-Yin Yen, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College

Faculty Labs

Joanna Abraham, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Joanna Abraham, PhD, is focused on improving collaborative practices in healthcare using principles and techniques from informatics to promote patient safety, quality and care continuity.

Research Interests
  • Handoffs
  • Care Transitions
  • Care Coordination
  • Decision Making
  • Health IT
  • Medical Errors
  • Mixed Methods
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Evidence Synthesis

Chih-Hung Chang, PhD

Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine

Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Chih-Hung Chang, PhD, is focused on the integration of methodology and technology to advance clinical care, research and education.

Research Interests
  • Item response theory
  • Rasch measurement
  • Computerized adaptive testing
  • Psychometrics
  • Informatics
  • Smart testing smart learning
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Shared decision making
  • Quality improvement

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA

Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Randi Foraker, PhD, is focused on applying epidemiology and informatics techniques to solve problems in the population health domain.

Research Interests
  • Approaches for the integration of socioeconomic and patient-reported outcome data with electronic health record data
  • Interventional approaches to the use of electronic health records in order to address modifiable risk factors for disease and enable patient-centered decision making
  • Study design methodology and data analysis

Thomas Kannampallil, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Associate Chief Research Information Officer, School of Medicine

Thomas Kannampallil, PhD, is focused on integrating cognitive, behavioral, and computational informatics techniques for developing health information technology solutions in the areas of clinical decision support, clinical reasoning, and clinical workflow.

Research Interests
  • Clinical decision support applications for tracking, monitoring, and evaluating EHR-based activities such as medication/lab orders, decision-making for chronic care, and opioid management
  • Tracking and analysis of medical errors in a variety of situations including medication orders, transitions of care, and clinical decision-making and evaluating its impact on clinical outcomes and patient safety
  • Use of cognitive and human factors approaches for identifying behavioral, collaborative and workflow challenges in the design and use of health information technology

Albert M. Lai, PhD

Deputy Director, Institute for Informatics (I2)

Chief Research Information Officer, School of Medicine

Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Albert M. Lai, PhD, is focused on applying computer science and informatics techniques to solve problems in the clinical domain.

Research Interests
  • Clinical research informatics
  • Clinical informatics
  • Consumer health informatics
  • Telemedicine
  • Usability
  • Natural language processing
  • Mobile health

Fuhai Li, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Fuhai Li, PhD, is focused on applying statistical, machine learning, deep learning and data mining approaches on diverse biomedical dataset integration and interpretation, to solve the challenges in bioinformatics, systems biology and image informatics.

Research Interests
  • Integrative large-scale pharmaco genomics analysis for target, signaling network, drug and drug combination discovery
  • Genomics data driven tumor-stromal communication discovery and modeling

Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, FACMI

Director, Institute for Informatics (I2)

Robert J. Terry Professor

Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, FACMI, is the founding director of the Institute for Informatics (I2) at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also serves as the Robert J. Terry Professor and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Previously, Dr. Payne was Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University.

Research Interests
  • Knowledge-based approaches to the discovery and analysis of bio-molecular and clinical phenotypes and the ensuing identification of precision diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in cancer
  • Interventional approaches to the use of electronic health records in order to address modifiable risk factors for disease and enable patient-centered decision making
  • The study of human factors and workflow issues surrounding the optimal use of healthcare information technology

Po-Yin Yen, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College

Po-Yin Yen, PhD, RN, is focused on applied clinical informatics research to support clinicians adapting to health information technology.

Research Interests
  • Clinical informatics
  • Usability
  • Technology acceptance
  • Human computer interaction
  • Literature mining
  • Data visualization
  • Workflow analysis
  • Time motion study

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