Dr. Elizabeth Lerner Papautsky is currently looking for student volunteers with a background in the social sciences to support conducting studies focused on patient/family engagement in healthcare. Responsibilities may involve literature searches/reviews, design, execution, analysis, and evaluation of research studies. These activities will provide students with educational and professional experience. Responsibilities may expand based upon experience level and performance and could form the basis for a capstone project. Applicants must have basic training in research (psychology, sociology, or anthropology preferred) and writing experience. Interested students should email Dr. Papautsky at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a resume and a paragraph about your background and interests in the research.
Dr. Elizabeth Lerner Papautsky is a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical & Health Information Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds an MS (2004) and PhD (2009) in human factors psychology from Wright State University, Dayton OH. As part of her graduate work, she studied team communication and planning while using information displays. She currently studies cognition in real-world complex environments. Through mixed methods approaches such as naturalistic observations and cognitive task analysis interviews, she focuses on understanding how people make decisions. She applies findings to user-centered solutions such as development and evaluation of interfaces, work flows, work spaces, and other cognitive decision support tools. Prior to entering academia, her work spanned multiple domains, ranging from healthcare, unmanned aerial vehicles, submarines, serious gaming, to others. She transitioned to academia to focus her research on applying human factors principles and approaches to improve patient safety and quality. She is particularly interested in the role of patient and caregiver in healthcare decision making specifically for chronic illness.