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.


13 - 17 Jun 2020
ECSCW 2020
Siegen, Germany

25 - 30 Apr, 2020
CHI 2020
Honolulu, HI

5 - 8 Jan 2020
GROUP 2020
Sanibel Island, FL


3675 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
P: 215.
E: aleksarc [@] drexel dot edu
Photo credit:
Lorenzo Hill

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.
December 2019: New paper accepted to CHI 2020! The paper looks at the association between user interactions with a digital checklist and task performance during trauma resuscitation. We identified non-compliant use behaviors, like false checks, missed checks, pre-checks and delayed checks.
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!
December 2018: Our lab has two papers accepted to CHI 2019!! Paper led by Leah Kulp describes the design of a tablet-based digital checklist for trauma resuscitation and studies the effects of checklist digitization on team performance. Paper led by Swathi Jagannath examines how the electronic record supported time-critical teamwork during medical resuscitastion and identifies the temporal patterns of documentation. We are excited to present this work in Glasgow, UK in May!
November 2018: A paper led by Swathi Jagannath on electronic documentation in dynamic medical scenarios was accepted to 2019 iConference!
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!
Summer 2018: Several papers from our research group have been published or accepted: Swathi Jagannath presented her work on using speech as a sensor modality for activity recognition in complex medical settings at PervasiveHealth 2018 in New York, NY. Swathi also got her journal paper on documentation practices during emergency medical resuscitations accepted for publication in the Pediatric Emergency Care journal! My former PhD student Zhan Zhang, now Assistant Professor at Pace University, has an upcoming paper at CSCW 2018 on coordination mechanisms in an emergency communication center! Another recent journal paper with my collaborators about an approach to automatic process deviation detection in a time-critical clinical process was published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics! Congratulations all!!
November 2017: Fresh off the press: New book chapter on the challenges and lessons learned from designing a clinical dashboard for emergency medical teams published in a book on Designing Healthcare That Works: A Sociotechnical Approach, along with many other great chapters!
May 2017: Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!
March 2017: Our paper "Exploring design opportunities for a smart medical checklist through technology probe approach” was accepted to DIS 2017 (Conference on Designing Interactive Systems). Congrats Leah!!
October 2016: Joined the Board of Associate Editors for the Computer Supported Cooperative Work Journal (JCSCW)!
September 2016: Our paper "Constructing common information spaces across distributed emergency medical teams" was accepted to CSCW 2017! Congrats Zhan!!
June 2016: Excited to see this paper co-authored with one of my undergraduate research assistants finally published in Interacting with Computers: On the Use of Electronic Documentation Systems in Fast-Paced, Time-Critical Medical Settings!
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., Cheng M., Zheng, Y., and Burd, R. S., "Comparing the effects of paper and digital checklists on team performance in time-critical work," in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), paper no. 547, Glasgow, UK, May 4-9, 2019.
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., Sarcevic, A., and Bossen, C., "Constructing common information spaces across distributed emergency medical teams," in Proceedings of the ACM 2017 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017), pp. 934-947, Portland, Oregon, February 25 – March 1, 2017.
Kusunoki, D. S., Sarcevic, A., Zhang, Z., and Yala M., "Sketching awareness: A participatory study to elicit designs for supporting emergency medical work," Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 1-38, February 2015. DOI 10.1007/s10606-014-9210-5.
Student Collaborators

Angela Mastrianni, Ph.D. student, Information Science, Drexel University
Leah Kulp, Ph.D. student, Information Science, Drexel University
Swathi Jagannath, Ph.D student, Information Science, Drexel University





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Last updated: January 22, 2020