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Charlene R. Weir, PhD, RN

Title:  Research Professor

Charlene R. Weir, PhD, RN.  Dr. Weir has a doctorate in Social Cognitive Psychology with an emphasis on the interface between cognition and motivation. Her research interests center around applying theoretical cognitive principles to the design and implementation of technological interventions to improve the quality of decision-making by providers and the quality of care for patients. Her focus are integrative models of cognitive support that combine design with implementation in order to enhance the capability of computerized systems to integrate with workflow and improve adoption. She has a diverse history, ranging from leadership roles in the VA’s early design of CPRS, project management for implementing CPRS at VA hospitals, and multiple studies evaluating Informatics interventions targeted at clinicians in practice. She uses a diverse set of tools, including ethnographic observation of patients and providers, structured interviews such as cognitive task analyses, focus groups, survey development, and visual tracking. Through extensive qualitative work, she has identified key beliefs and practices of patients and providers on issues of pragmatic trials, decision support, electronic record design, documentation practices, patient adherence in mental health, aging, care coordination and patient centered care.

Email:  charlene.weir@utah.edu

Phone:  801-213-2318

Frank A. Drews, Ph.D.

Title:  Adjunct Associate Professor

Labs: BLULab

Email:  drews@psych.utah.edu

Phone:  801-585-1977

Bruce E. Bray, MD

Title:  Professor (Clinical)

Dr. Bray is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Cardiovascular) and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Bray obtained a bachelor of science degree in biology and a medical degree from Loma Linda University. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State University / Kettering Medical Center, and completed his Cardiovascular Disease fellowship at the University of Utah.

Dr. Bray is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Informatics and Echocardiography. ... Read More

Lab: Population & Behavioral Health Informatics Group

Email:  Bruce.Bray@hsc.utah.edu

Phone:  801-581-7715

Bryan S. Gibson, DPT, PhD

Title:  Assistant Professor

Dr. Bryan Gibson is a Research Assistant Professor in the Divison of Epidemiology in the Department of Internal Medicine. He earned his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2012. He earned his DPT from the University of Utah in 2006. His research interests center around the translation of evidence from the psychological sciences into the design of consumer health Informatics tools. In particular Dr. Gibson is intersted in the design and evaluation of persuasive technologies intended to help individuals prevent or manage chronic disease. ... Read More

Research Interests: Clinical Natural Language Processing, Ethics Committees, Research, Health Services, Nutritional Data Mining

Google Scholar: John F. Hurdle

Email:  bryan.gibson@utah.edu

Phone:  801-582-1565-Ext-2460

Damian A. Borbolla, MD, MS

Title:  Assistant Professor

Damian Borbolla earned his Medical Doctor (MD) degree from "Del Salvador" University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After finalizing his medical training, Damian completed a medical specialization in Health Informatics at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, where he was Chief of Residents for two consecutive years. Read more...

Email:  damian.borbolla@utah.edu

Phone:  801-585-3945

Teresa Taft

Title:  Graduate Student (PhD)


Graduate Student (PhD) Advanced Trainee
Degrees: 2004 BS, Western Governors University

Email:  teresa.taft@utah.edu

Thomas Reese, PharmD

Title:  Graduate Student (MS)

Thomas Reese, PharmD, BCACP is a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellow and PhD Candidate in the School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics, at the University of Utah, and he is a practicing board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist. Dr. Reese previously completed a 1-year fellowship in pharmacotherapy outcomes research in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah. He has ongoing research in the domains of visualization, alert management and decision support, human factors and system design. Dr. Reese has experience in clinician information needs, standards and terminologies, literature reviews, and comparative effectiveness evaluations. Recently, he has focused on human-centered design techniques and usability evaluations. He is interested not only in understanding the human side of the human-computer interaction but is invested in extending findings to impact patient care. Dr. Reese serves on the Student Editorial Board and as the Vice Chair of the Pharmacoinformatics Working Group for the American Medical Informatics Association.

Email:  thomas.reese@pharm.utah.edu

Contact Information

Charlene Weir, PhD

421 Wakara Way, Suite 140
Salt Lake City, UT  84108


Email: charlene.weir@utah.edu