Aleksandra Sarcevic, Ph.D.
College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University
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Aleksandra Sarcevic is an Associate Professor of Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. Her research interests lie in the areas of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI) and health informatics. She received her PhD from the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University.

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Recent News & Events
Note to Prospective Students: I am looking for PhD students passionate about studying the role of technology in dynamic, high-risk medical work. If you are interested in designing, developing and implementing information technology in medical domains of great societal importance, please contact me to setup a time to discuss mutual interests and potential research projects. See also here for more information about our interdisciplinary PhD Program in Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University.
April 2021: Our paper on designing interactive alerts to improve recognition of critical events in medical emergencies just got accepted to ACM DIS 2021!
April 2021: I am beyond thrilled to announce that Angela Mastrianni has been awarded the 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!!
December 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Swathi Jagannath for successfully defending her dissertation research, titled "Perception, Communication, and Representation of Activity Delays in Dynamic Medical Teamwork."
December 2020: A journal paper led by Dr. Leah Kulp accepted to ToCHI!! (Title: Towards dynamic checklists: Understanding contexts of use and deriving requirements for adaptation.) We worked on this one for a couple of years, so I am very happy to see it find a good home! The paper identified several patient and environmental contexts that significantly affected the use of our digital checklist for pediatric trauma resuscitation.
December 2020: Excited to share that our case study, led by Angela Mastrianni, was accepted to the CHI 2021 Case Study track. The paper describes our experiences in transitioning to remote user-centered design activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Leah Kulp for successfully defending her dissertation research, titled "Towards an Adaptive, Context-aware Checklist for Concurrent Use in Dynamic Medical Settings."
May 2019: Awarded a continuation grant from the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an intention-aware recommender system for critical care settings!
September 2018: Excited to share that I have been awarded two research grants, one from the AHRQ to continue our studies on the effects of a digital checklist on time-critical team performance and one from the NSF to develop a system that reduces delays in fast-response teamwork! I am extremely grateful to the sponsors and look forward to working on these exciting projects!
May 2017: Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!
October 2016: Joined the Board of Associate Editors for the Computer Supported Cooperative Work Journal (JCSCW)!
January 2015: Very happy to announce that our CSCW 2015 paper on designing for temporal awareness in time-critical medical work has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the "Best of CSCW" committee!!
July 2014: Our team has been awarded an NIH R01 grant to continue our work on automatic workflow capture to improve trauma resuscitation outcomes!!
June 2013: Awarded Drexel University 2013-2014 Career Development Award to help establish research collaboration with the iCogAid research group at Stanford.
January 2013: Awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for my research on improving team awareness during emergency medical situations through interactive information presentation.
Past News & Events
Research Interests

I am an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University, where I also direct the Interactive Systems for Healthcare (IS4H) Research Lab. Before coming to Drexel, I spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. I completed my doctoral studies in Information Science at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University in October 2009.


The goal of my research is to understand how individuals within collocated teams interact, communicate and make decisions while solving complex problems under time pressure. So far, my research has focused on studying trauma resuscitation teams as they treat severely injured patients immediately after injury. My approach is multidisciplinary, user-centered and team-oriented. I work closely with engineers, computer scientists and trauma surgeons to inform the design of technological solutions to support information sharing and medical decision making.

Selected Publications
Kulp, L., Sarcevic, A., Zheng, Y., Cheng M., Alberto, E. C., and Burd, R. S., "Checklist design reconsidered: Understanding checklist compliance and timing of interactions," in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020), paper no. 724 (13 pages), Honolulu, Hawai’i, April 24-30, 2020. (Held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Jagannath, S., Sarcevic, A., Young V.,* and Myers, S., "Temporal rhythms and patterns of electronic documentation in time-critical medical work," in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), paper no. 334, Glasgow, UK, May 4-9, 2019.
Zhang, Z. and Sarcevic, A., "Coordination mechanisms for self-organized work in an emergency communication center," PACM on Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 2, issue CSCW, article 199 (November 2018), 21 pages.
Student Collaborators

Katie Zellner, Ph.D. student, Information Science, Drexel University
Angela Mastrianni, Ph.D. student, Information Science, Drexel University





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Last updated: April 12, 2021