Rupa S. Valdez, Ph.D.

Rupa ValdezMy research integrates quantitative and qualitative methods from medical informatics, health systems engineering, human factors engineering, and cultural anthropology to characterize patients’ home and community environments and to design and evaluate clinical and consumer HIT interventions based upon these assessments. My research has a specific focus on underserved populations, including populations that are racial/ethnic minorities, are of low socioeconomic status, or are living with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. A complementary research interest is in methodological development for the fields listed above.

Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences
Ph.D, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

P.O. Box 800717
Tel: 1-434-982-2510
Fax: 1-434-243-3418
Health System West Complex, Room 3012

Human Factors, Consumer Health IT, Culturally Informed Design, Universal Design, Mixed Methods

Teaching Responsibilities:
SYS 4053 Systems Design I
SYS 4054 Systems Design II

SYS 4581 / 6581  Human Factors Design for Community Health
PHS 4016 / 7016 Human Factors Design for Community Health


Publications list (selected):

  1. Valdez, R.S., Guterbock, T.M., Fitzgibbon, K., Williams, I.C., Wellbeloved-Stone, C.A., Bears, J.E., Menefee, H.K., (In Press). From loquacious to reticent: understanding patient health information communication to guide consumer health IT design. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
  2. Wellbeloved-Stone, C.A., Weppner, J.L., Valdez, R.S. (corresponding author) (In Press). A systematic review of telerehabilitation and mHealth interventions for spinal cord injury. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports.
  3. Menefee, H.K., Thompson, M.J., Guterbock, T.M., Williams, I.C., Valdez, R.S. (corresponding author) (2016). Mechanisms of communicating health information through Facebook: implications for consumer health information technology design. Journal of Medical Internet Research.
  4. Chaet, A.V., Morshedi, B., Wells, K.J., Barnes, L.E., Valdez, R.S. (corresponding author) (2016). Spanish-Language consumer health information technology interventions: a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research.
  5. Holden, R. J., Valdez, R. S., Schubert, C. C., Thompson, M. J., Hundt, A. S. (2016). Macroergonomic factors in the patient work system: examining the context of patients with chronic illness. Ergonomics.
  6. Valdez, R. S., Holden, R. J. (2016). Health care human factors/ergonomics homeward bound:  practical considerations for fieldwork in home and community settings. Ergonomics in Design.
  7. Thompson, M., Reilly, J.R., Valdez, R. S. (corresponding author) (2016). Work system barriers to patient, provider, and caregiver use of personal health records: a systematic review. Applied Ergonomics, 54, 218-42
  8. Thompson, M., Valdez, R. S. (corresponding author) (2015). Online Filipino-Americans’ perspectives on informatics-enabled health management. Health Policy and Technology, 4(4), 320-36.
  9. Valdez RS, Brennan PF. Exploring patients’ health information communication practices with social network members as a foundation for consumer health IT design. Int J Med Inform. 2015; 84(5): 363-74.
  10. Valdez RS, Holden RJ, Novak LL, Veinot TC. Technological infrastructure implications of the patient work framework. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015; Epub ahead of print.
  11. Brennan PF, Valdez RS, Alexander G, Arora S, Bernstam EV, Edmunds M, Kirienko N, Marking RD, Sim I, Skiba D, Rosenbloom T. Patient-centered care, collaboration, communication and coordination: a report from AMIA’s 2013 policy meeting. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015; Epub ahead of print.
  12. Valdez RS, Holden RJ, Novak LL, Veinot TC. Transforming consumer health informatics through a patient work framework: connecting patients to context. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015; 22(1): 2-10.
  13. Valdez RS, Guterbock TM, Thompson MJ, Reilly JD, Menefee HK, Bennici MS, Williams IC, Rexrode DL. Beyond traditional advertisements: Leveraging Facebook’s social structures for research recruitment. J Med Internet Res. 2014; 16(10): e243.
  14. Valdez RS, Gibbons MC, Siegel ER, Kukafka R, & Brennan PF. Adapting consumer health IT to enhance usability among different racial and ethnic groups within the United States. Health Technol. 2012; 2(4): 225-233.
  15. Peace J, Valdez RS, Lutz K. Data-based considerations for electronic family health history applications: Comput Inform Nurs. 2012; 30(1):  37-45.
  16. Zayas-Caban T & Valdez RS. Human factors and ergonomics in home care. In P. Carayon, editor. Handbook of human factors and ergonomics in health care and patient safety.Taylor and Francis; 2011.
  17. Kossman S, Hsieh Y, Peace J, Valdez RS, Severtson L, Burke L, & Brennan PF. A theory-based problem solving approach to recruitment challenges in a large randomized field trial. Appl Nurs Res. 2011; 24(3): 179-187.
  18. Valdez RS, Ramly E, & Brennan PF. Industrial and Systems Engineering and Health Care: Critical Areas of Research: Final Report. (Prepared by Professional Scientific Associates under Contract No. HHSN2900900027U). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2010.
  19. Brennan PF, Casper GR, Burke LJ, Johnson K, Brown R, Valdez RS, Sebern M, Perez O, & Sturgeon B. Technology-enhanced nursing practice for patients with chronic cardiac disease: Home implementation and evaluation. Heart Lung. 2010; 39(6 Suppl): S34-S46.
  20. Or CKL, Valdez RS, Casper G, Carayon P, Burke LJ, Brennan PF, & Karsh B. Human factors and ergonomics in home care: Current concerns and future considerations for health information technology. Work. 2008; 33(2): 201-209.
  21. Valdez RS & Brennan PF. Medical Informatics. In M.C. Gibbons, editor. eHealth solutions for healthcare disparities. New York: Springer; 2007. p. 93-108.