Joanna Abraham, PhD

Research Interests

Dr. Abraham’s research is focused on understanding the use of Health Information Technologies (Health IT) and evaluating its impact on effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare team workflows including team communication, coordination, and decision making.  Her current research focuses on the study and design of Health IT to support: (a) communication error identification and recovery during inpatient handoffs and care transitions; (b) interdisciplinary care team care continuity-driven communication; (c) medication ordering error interception within the computerized provider order entry system (CPOE); and (d) development of shared cognition within disciplinary and interdisciplinary care teams for decision making.

Her research program has been supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF), and several other institutional grants.

Dr. Abraham received a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University for her thesis on developing a theoretical and translational framework to foster both non-clinical and clinical articulation work during inpatient hospital transfers. Prior to joining Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Abraham was an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois (Fall 2013-Summer 2018), an AHRQ post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas (2010-11; under the mentorship of Dr. Vimla L. Patel & Dr. Jiajie Zhang), and an Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Cognitive Studies and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine (2012).