Research, Associate Professor

I have been a faculty member in the University of Washington School of Medicine since 1999. In 2011, I moved from the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education to MEDEX and the Department of Family Medicine.  I am a personality and social psychologist trained in research design, measurement, program evaluation, and quantitative and qualitative methods.  I have taught research methods and social psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level.  I have also worked as a contract web designer, before being hired by Microsoft where I was a lead usability engineer with the BackOffice group.  1999 was a year of many changes.

My MEDEX work focuses primarily on program evaluation activities, addressing research questions about veterans and the PA profession, PAs and medical error, and relationships between PAs and supervising physicians.  In addition, one true joy is working with other MEDEX faculty on their educational and research activities.

Much of my current work is interprofessional and taps my research interests including communication between patients and healthcare teams, interprofessional education, medical error, team communication, and patient safety.  It is my hope to merge these interests with MEDEX’s mission, especially with regard to aligning with the profession’s increasingly scholarly and professional focus.  To this end, I serve with the PAEA Research Institute, Research and Data Committee and on the association’s new “Pulse of the Profession” panel.

My overarching goal is to help MEDEX continue to be a premier contributor to the PA and interprofessional literatures.  As the PA profession faces the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare system, I would like to ensure support for our mission to train primary care physicians who will continue to make significant contributions to caring for patients in rural and underserved communities.