Charlene R. Weir, PhD, RN, FACMI

Research Interests

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Psychology, Social
  • Cognitive Science
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Health Information Technology
  • Statistics


  • English
  • Spanish

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Research Professor, Nursing - Research Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Health Systems and Community-Based Care

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-4080
  • Biomedical Informatics
    421 Wakara Way, Room: Suite 140
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Charlene Weir is currently a Professor and past Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. Dr. Weir has a PhD in Social Cognitive psychology as well as an MS in Nursing. Dr. Weir was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 2011 and as a Distinguished Fellow in 2020. She has held multiple leadership positions in the VA, including both local and national positions. These include the Offices of Quality Improvement, Nursing Research, Geriatrics Research and Clinical Care (GRECC), and VA Information Technology research and applied programs. Her area of research specialty focuses on the application of motivation and cognitive theories to the design and use of health information technologies by providers and patients. She is especially interested in integrative models of cognitive support that enhance the capability of the information system to support shared clinical decision-making, team coordination, and effective implementation. She has extensive experience in the evaluation of technology interventions in healthcare, including the VA CPRS system and EPIC. She has expertise in human factors research tools, experimental design techniques, measurement methodologies, cognitive task analysis as well as other qualitative techniques.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Social Psychology
Graduate Training University of Texas
Nursing (Adult Health)
Undergraduate University of Utah, College of Nursing
Undergraduate University of Utah

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Weir C, Drews FA, Leecaster MK, Barrus RJ, Hellewell JL, Nebeker JR (2012). The orderly and effective visit: impact of the electronic health record on modes of cognitive control. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2012, 979-87.
  2. Weir CR, Hammond KW, Embi PJ, Efthimiadis EN, Thielke SM, Hedeen AN (2011). An exploration of the impact of computerized patient documentation on clinical collaboration. Int J Med Inform, 80(8), e62-71.
  3. Hammond KW, Efthimiadis EN, Weir CR, Embi PJ, Thielke SM, Laundry RM, Hedeen A (2010). Initial Steps toward Validating and Measuring the Quality of Computerized Provider Documentation. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2010, 271-5.
  4. Gibson B, Weir C (2010). Development and preliminary evaluation of a simulation-based diabetes education module. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 2010, 246-50.
  5. Flaherty JH, Shay K, Weir C, Kamholz B, Boockvar KS, Shaughnessy M, Shapiro R, Gordon S, Stein J, Rudolph JL (2009). The development of a mental status vital sign for use across the spectrum of care. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 10(6), 379-80.
  6. Weir CR, Staggers N, Phansalkar S (2009). The state of the evidence for computerized provider order entry: a systematic review and analysis of the quality of the literature. Int J Med Inform, 78(6), 365-74.
  7. Weir CR, McCarthy CA (2009). Using implementation safety indicators for CPOE implementation. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 35(1), 21-8.
  8. Phansalkar S, Weir CR, Morris AH, Warner HR (2008). Clinicians' perceptions about use of computerized protocols: a multicenter study. Int J Med Inform, 77(3), 184-93.
  9. Weir CR, Nebeker JR (2007). Critical issues in an electronic documentation system. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 786-90.
  10. Weir CR, Nebeker JJ, Hicken BL, Campo R, Drews F, Lebar B (2007). A cognitive task analysis of information management strategies in a computerized provider order entry environment. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 14(1), 65-75.
  11. Phansalkar S, Sward KA, Weir CR, Morris AH (2007). Mapping clinicians' perceptions about computerized protocol use to an IT implementation framework. Medinfo, 129(Pt 2), 1098-101.
  12. Weir CR, Hicken BL, Rappaport HS, Nebeker JR (2006). Crossing the quality chasm: the role of information technology departments. Am J Med Qual, 21(6), 382-93.
  13. Nebeker JR, Hoffman JM, Weir CR, Bennett CL, Hurdle JF (2005). High rates of adverse drug events in a highly computerized hospital. Arch Intern Med, 165(10), 1111-6.
  14. Weir C, Hoffman J, Nebeker JR, Hurdle JF (2005). Nurse's role in tracking adverse drug events: the impact of provider order entry. Nurs Adm Q, 29(1), 39-44.
  15. Hurdle JF, Weir CR, Roth B, Hoffman J, Nebeker JR (2003). Critical gaps in the world's largest electronic medical record: Ad Hoc nursing narratives and invisible adverse drug events. AMIA Annu Symp Proc, 309-12.
  16. Weir CR, Hurdle JF, Felgar MA, Hoffman JM, Roth B, Nebeker JR (2003). Direct text entry in electronic progress notes. An evaluation of input errors. Methods Inf Med, 42(1), 61-7.
  17. Nebeker JR, Hurdle JF, Hoffman J, Roth B, Weir CR, Samore MH (2001). Developing a taxonomy for research in adverse drug events: potholes and signposts. Proc AMIA Symp, 493-7.