Rupa S. Valdez, Ph.D.


Rupa S. Valdez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Division of Biomedical Informatics

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

Expertise: My 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. 

Publications list (Selected):


Valdez RS & Brennan PF. Medical Informatics. In M.C. Gibbons (Ed.), eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities (pp. 93-108). New York: Springer; 2007.


Johnson K, Valdez RS, Casper G, Kossman S, Carayon P, Or C, Burke L, & Brennan P. Experiences of Technology Integration in Home Care Nursing: Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association; 2008 November; Washington D.C.; 2008. p. 389-393. (PMID:18999245)


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: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. 2008; 33(2), p. 201-209. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2009-0867. (PMID: 19713630)


Valdez RS, Morales M, & Hsieh Y. Crossing disciplinary and geographical barriers in graduate engineering education. In: Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education North Midwest Sectional Conference; 2009 October.


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.


Valdez RS, Ramly E, & Brennan PF. Development of a research agenda at the intersection of industrial and systems engineering and health care: Implications for human factors and ergonomics. In. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2010; 2010 September; p. 830-834.


Valdez RS. Designing culturally-informed consumer health IT: An exploration and proposed integration of contrasting methodological perspectives. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2010; 2010 September; p. 718-722.


Valdez RS, Patton T, & Brennan PF. To talk or not to talk: Exploring culturally diverse patients’ health information communication choices. In Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association 2010; 2010 November; p. 812-816. (PMID: 21347091)




Valdez JA  & Valdez RS. Health informatics: Systems and design considerations. In Y. Yih (Ed.), Handbook of Healthcare Delivery Systems. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 2011.

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: Applied Nursing Research. 2011; 24(3), p. 179-187. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2009.06.006. (PMID: 20974068)





Zayas-Caban T & Valdez RS. Human factors and ergonomics in home care. In P. Carayon (Ed), Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety. Taylor and Francis; 2011.

Peace J, Valdez RS, Lutz K. Data-based considerations for electronic family health history applications: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 2012; 30(1), p. 37-45. doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e31822b865b. (PMID: 21915045)


Valdez RS, Burke LJ, Casper GR, Sturgeon BA, Rosmait C, Palzkill D, Hamann D, & Brennan PF. Service Desk Calls in a Home-based Clinical Informatics Study: Supporting End Users in the Field. 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics. 2012.


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 and Technology. 2012; 2(4): p. 225-233. doi:10.1007/s12553-012-0031-6