Alexa Doig, PhD, RN

AdoigResearch interests: Dr. Doig’s program of research in human factors is centered on studying how nurse cognition affects aspects of nurse performance that are related to patient safety. She has collaborated on NIH-funded, simulation-based research studies to evaluate the effects of an online training program in moderate sedation and a newly developed ICU display. She was the Principal Investigator of a study funded by the National Patient Safety Foundation that examined nurse vigilance and decision making during patient monitoring. A subsequent project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program examined the effects of work interruptions on novice nurse medication errors. Her most recent research in the area of human factors and patient safety involves the development and testing of a novel technology designed to help nurses triage clinical alarms in the hospital environment. Another research interest is the biomechanics associated with fall risk among older adults with physical impairments..

Professional experience: Dr. Doig graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. After obtaining her BSN she worked as a staff nurse in hematology/oncology at University of Utah Healthcare. She then went on to earn her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Utah College of Nursing. From 2006-2017 she was on the faculty of the University of Utah College of Nursing and was a Clinical Nurse Researcher at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. Her research in human factors and patient safety has been funded by the National Institutes for Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Defense and private foundations. From 2011-2014 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. She is a member of the AHRQ Scientific Review Committee: Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Research (HSQR) and is a peer-reviewer for several professional journals including CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and the Journal for Professional Nursing.

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