Catherine K Craven, PhD, MA, MLS, FAMIA
Assistant Professor of Informatics
Dr. Catherine K. Craven, PhD, MA, MLS, FAMIA, is an assistant professor of Informatics, in the Division of Clinical Research Informatics in the Department of Population Health, Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Before joining UTHSCSA in February 2021, she was a Senior Clinical Research Informaticist at Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS), New York City, for four years, where she was a member of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Science; the Clinical Informatics Group, IT Department; and co-led the Gastroenterology Division's Quality Improvement Team as lead Informaticist. Her work has focused on infrastructure optimization, and she conducts research in the area of Clinical Research Informatics surrounding research data warehousing practices, and clinical data quality and reproducibility for secondary research use. She led an NIH CTSA Informatics Domain Task Force (iDTF) and NIH CD2H leadership-approved survey on data warehousing practices and data quality completed by almost all CTSAs, with manuscripts in process. She is co-author on sister qualitative project Phase I manuscript with the leads for the CTSA Informatics Enterprise Community's Enterprise Data Warehouse for Research WG, for which a Phase II manuscript is now underway. Dr. Craven is a member of the CD2H Common Data Model-FHIR Gap Analysis Task Team and co-leads the CD2H Data Harmonization Change Management and Sustainability Task Team. She also conducts Clinical Informatics research using sociotechnical, human factors, and implementation science approaches, including usability testing methods, with emphases in clinical decision support and patient engagement. Dr. Craven successfully directed a Spanish langauge-preferred patient navigator program at MSHS. The navigator program aided these patients, who comprise ~25% of MSHS patients, in enagaging with health information via their patient portal accounts and the OpenNotes (ON) function in them, via a grant she and the MSHS Chief Medical Information Officer were awarded by the New York State Health Foundation. The ON founders group at BIDMC-Harvard called this work “ground-breaking," and invited her to participate in a diagnostic error and OpenNotes study involving Spanish-language preferred patients, which is in progress now. Prior to completing her doctoral degree, she was a Clinical Informationist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, a medical librarian-in-context collaborating with researcher-clinicians. She was a core Welch member to develop and operationlaize the Welch Embedded Informationist Service model based on the concept by Davidoff and Florance (2000). The idea of constructing measures for informationist “embeddness” is a concept and term that she coined. While at Hopkins, she led a Clinical Informatics Research Administration project for the JHM Research Deans, worked with the JHM Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Committee to develop an Infobuttons-type CDS intervention in the EHR, and re-designed a service-operations tracking and reporting database. To further focus on Informatics, she undertook a Health Informatics PhD, newly available at University of Missouri (MU). During her doctoral program, she worked as MU’s REDCap Adminstrator and the Project Director to create a REDCap web-based data collection and reporting application for use by all social workers and administrators in the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Child and Maternal Health Home Visting Program. While MSHS was creating a position for her, she served as short-term NIH Scientific Review Officer hired for her Informatics background to work on review processes for the Precision Medicine Initiative (now called "All of Us"), and the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes Initiative. She was twice an NIH National Library of Medicine Biomedical and Health Informatics Research Fellow at the University of Missouri. Dr. Craven is a long-time member of the American Medical Informatics Association, in which currently holds several leadership positions, including membership on the AMIA Public Policy Committee, the Board-appointed Task Force on AMIA Governance, and a subcommittee for the Board-appointed 2020 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.
- 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy - Health Informatics, MU Informatics Institute - College of Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia Mo
- 2010 - Graduate Certificate - Business of Medicine, Carey School of Business, - John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
- 2006 - Master - Arts, School of Journalism - Univeristy of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
- 1997 - Master - Arts, School of Library and Informational Science - University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo
- 1991 - Bachelor - Arts, College of Arts and Sciences - Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
- 2012 - Research Training Fellowship MU Informatics Institute, College of Engineering, - U.S. National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine - University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo
- 2006 - Research Training Fellowship-Department of Health Management and Informatics, School of Medicine - U.S. National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine - University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo
Fellow American Medical Informatics Association for Applied Informatics Recognition to recognize members who apply informatics skills,knowledge within their professional setting, demonstrated professional achievement and leadership commitment to the betterment of AMIA 2019; Merit Bonus Mount Sinai Health System project management for the New York State Health Foundation-funded OpenNotes Spanish-Language Navigator program 2018;Distinguished Reviewer (AMIA) Annual Symposium 2014
Research & Grants
Current Research Support
NIH/National Cancer Institute Wilson (PI)
Expanding Electronic Tools for Tobacco Use at the Tisch Cancer Institute, a
“C3I Moonshot” cancer center tobacco cessation grant to incorporate screening tools and the
NYS Opt2Quit call line into the electronic health record (EHR).
Role: Key personnel. As part of Epic/Clinical Informatics research team, participate in tool
content and build effort; plan and conduct usability testing of tools EHR with providers;
participate in education of clinical personnel
Completed Research Support
New York State Health Foundation Darrow (PI)
MSHS, New York, New York 9/15/17-12/31/19
Role: I made a purposeful choice to list our CMIO, Dr. Darrow, MD, PhD, as the PI of record
because I was new to MSHS and the city; it was a well-founded choice, and Dr. Darrow was an
invaluable senior leadership sponsor and problem-solver. I was responsible for conception of
program, granting writing, and as director, oversaw implementation of all program aspects and
budget. I designed evaluation research component and carried out the clinician interview
NIH NCATS Wright (PI)
Mount Sinai Health System, NY, NY 1/1/18-12/31/18
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Conduits CTSA (UL1TR001433).
Role: Lead for Clinical Informatics Group/Epic Team for Epic research-related content and
workflow development for the Conduits/Office of Research Services Research Roadmap
enterprise website for MSHS researchers; Note: CTSA grant is under renewal
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse Rosenthal (PI)
Mount Sinai Health System, NY, NY
A Phased-Implementation Feasibility and Proof-of-Concept Study to Assess Incorporating the
NIDA CTN Common Data Elements (CDEs) into the Electronic Health Record (EHR) in Large
Primary Care Settings (CDE-EHR-PC Study).
Role: Investigator in Phase 3 of this 4-Phase study to conduct usability testing for provider and
patient system views of drug abuse
NIH/National Library of Medicine Caldwell/Simoes (Co-PIs)
Biomedical and Health Informatics Research Training Grant
Department of Health Management and Informatics, School of Medicine, Univ. of Missouri,
Role: Research fellow. Treated as postdoctoral in first round due to terminal degree in library
and information science; predoctoral the second time once the PhD program in health
informatics was in place. Conducted research the following: the role of interruptions, including
technology, in clinical team communication between attending physicians and other team
members; electronic health record system (EHR) implementation processes at Critical Access
hospitals, a context in which prior to the Meaningful Use rollout of EHRs, these systems had not
been implemented and used; life-science research workflows, consumer-health terminology,
electronic data collection, and conversion of behavioral instruments for telehealth
NIH/National Library of Medicine McCarthy/Roderer (Co-PIs)
Emergency Department and Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns
Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Effect of Information Prescriptions on Improving Care by Increasing Compliance with
Medication Protocol Given to Discharged Emergency Department patients. Highest Priority
Challenge Grant (RFA-OD-09-003) Topic, 05-LM-101 To study effect of varying levels of
“information prescriptions” on improving patient compliance..
Role: Research team member. Participated in design, writing of grant proposal, and development
of data collection protocols; to provide informationist services in Arm 4 of the study and
collaborate on analysis and publication of results.
Jean Stout Memorial Award in an essay contest for CMU and University of Michigan students Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, Sigma
Delta Chapter, Central Michigan University, inducted 1990; Boston University Trustee Scholarship; Cedarcrest College, four-year,
full-ride scholarship; Michigan competitive Scholarship; National Merit Commended Student National Honor Society
Selected for featured member profile “Faces of AMIA,”on the AMIA website homepage 2012;Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Welch Medical Library 2008 & 2009 Annual Award for Exemplary Performance on Collexis project manager on behalf of SOM/JHU Administration & School of Medicine, as member of the Welch Communications Committee,for initiating the “I Love the Library” public relations campaign.
The comprehensive young adult (teen) services program serving the Missouri capital city and a two-county area, I developed and implemented attracted local television coverage and an invitation to be featured in a national journal
published by the American Library Association 2003; South By Southwest Music and Media Festival & Conference Winner, Best Current Events Website: Ironminds.com, competing against national media outlets, as an editor/senior contributing writer 2000
Laura Harris Journalism Scholarship, University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1999-2000; Beta Phi Mu, International Library and Information Science Studies Honor Society, Psi Chapter, University of Missouri inducted 1998; Rollins Society (MU) Honor Society for Graduate and
Professional Students, inducted MU Tap Day 1997;Sigma Iota Epsilon, National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity, Sigma Epsilon Chapter, Central Michigan University, inducted 1991; D.A.R. Award
Outstanding Employee Award, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. PPG, 1995; Midland High School Student Council/Study Body President, Outstanding Senior French Award, Junior Year Leadership Award, Outstanding Sophomore English Award
Van Vleck TT, Chan L, Coca SG, Craven CK, Do R, Ellis SB, Kannry JL, Loos RJF, Bonis PA, Cho J, Nadkarni GN. Augmented intelligence with natural language processing applied to electronic health records is useful for identifying patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease at risk for disease progression. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2019 Sep;129:334-341; Khairat S, Whitt S, Craven CK, Pak Y, Shyu CR, Gong Y. Investigating the Impact of ICU Interruptions on Patient Safety Events and EHR Use: An Observational Study. Journal of Patient Safety. 2019 April 23; Scott PJ, Georgiou A, Hypponen H, Craven CK, Rigby M, Brender McNair J.Theoretical foundations for evidence-based health informatics: why? how?. Paper accepted for Medical Informatics Europe Conference 2016 in conjunction with HEC 2016, Health - Exploring Complexity: an Interdisciplinary Systems Approach, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2016, Munich, Germany.; Craven CK, Sievert MC, Hicks LL, Alexander LL, Hearne LB, Holmes JH. CAH to CAH: EHR implementation advice to Critical Access Hospitals from peer experts and other key informants. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2014; 5(1): 92-117.; Craven CK, Sievert MC, Hicks LL, Alexander GL, Hearne LB, Holmes JH. Experts speak: advice from key informants to small, rural hospitals on implementing the electronic health record system. In: Lehmann CU, Ammenwerth E, Nøhr C, editors Conducting medical informatics by converging technologies, conveying sciences and connecting people. MEDINFO 2013; Proceedings of the 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics. Series: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics,Vol. 192; 2013 Aug. 19-25; Copenhagen, Denmark. Amersterdam: IOS Press; 2013. p.608-12.; Khairat S, Craven CK, Gong Y. A task analysis of ICU attending physicians during bed rounds conversations. Cyber Journals. October 2012.; Khairat S, Craven CK, Gong Y. Representing clinical communication knowledge through database management system integration. Stud Health Technol Inform.2012;180:1099-101. Khairat S, Craven CK, Gong Y. Understanding human-computer interactions in intensive care unit clinical communication. International Journal of Computational Models and Algorithms in Medicine. 2012 Jan-March; 3(1), 14-31.; Khairat S, Craven CK, Gong Y. Representing Clinical Communication Knowledge Through Database Management System Integration. European Medical Informatics Conference (MIE) 2012. Accepted.; Khairat S, Craven CK, Gong Y. Understanding Clinical Communication in the Intensive Care Unit. Medical Informatics. European Medical Informatics Conference (MIE) 2012.Accepted.; Oliver KB, LehmannHP, Wolff AC, Davidson LW, Donahue PK, Gilmore M, Craven CK, Roderer NK. Evaluating information prescriptions in two clinical environments. J Med Libr Assoc. 2011 Jul;99(3):237-46.;McMillin M, Brown LH, Craven CK, Hawkins SC, Tan D, Piazza G, Cone DC, Sattin RW. Evolution of the literature identifying physicians’ roles in leadership, clinical development, and practice of the subspeciality of Emergency Medical Services. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 2011, 26: 49-64.;Hwang U, McCarthy, ML Aronsky D, Asplin B, Crane PW, Craven CK, Epstein SK, Fee C, Handel D, Pines JM, Rathiev NK, Schafermeyer RW, Zwemer FL, Berstein SL.Systematic review of emergency department crowding measures. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 May;18(5):527-38.;Howard, J, Levy F, Mareiniss DP, Patch M, Craven CK, McCarthy M, Epstein-Peterson ZD, Wong V, Pronovost P. New legal protections for reporting patient errors under the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act: a review of the medical literature and analysis. Journal of Patient Safety. 6(3):147-152, September 2010.; Patrick TB, Craven CK, Folk LC. The need for a multidisciplinary team approach to life science workflows (based on a presentation at Medical Library Association Annual Conference 2006: Assymetries in retrieval of gene function information). Journal of the Medical Library Association. July 2007.; Patrick TB, Folk LC, Craven CK. Assymetries in retrieval of gene function information, Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2006.; Courtney KL, Craven CK. Factors to weigh when considering electronic data collection. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 2005; 37(3) : 150-60.; Courtney KL, Demiris G, Craven CK, Parker Oliver D & Porock D. Exploring electronic conversion of behavioral instruments for telehealth. MIE 2005, Geneva, Switzerland. Proceedings MIE 2005.; Courtney, KL, Craven CK. Electronic data collection: advantages and disadvantages. American Nursing Informatics Association Annual Spring Conference. American Nursing Informatics Association Annual Conference 2004, New Orleans, La., May 2004.; Craven CK, Wassmuth B. Typographic design considerations and the elderly: an analysis of AARP’s Bulletin. Visual Communications Division, Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New Orleans,La., August, 1999. Ranked in top three papers submitted to largest division of AEJMC; presented in special session.; Budd JE, Craven CK. Academic library monograph acquisitions: selection of Choice's outstanding academic books. Library Acquisitions: Practice and Theory. 1999; 23(1) :15-26.; Patrick TB, Andrews JE, Bowen J, Craven CK, Moxley D. A smart catalog system for enterprise information management. Proceedings, World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, SCI'98, July 1998.; Sable JH, Craven CK, Sievert ME. Retrieving studies of clinical process interventions: methodological issues and early results. Proceedings, American Medical InformaticsAssociation Annual Symposium, fall 1998. ;Craven CK, Hartman T, Henderson JG, McNary P. Student perspectives on distance education challenges and opportunities. Medical Library Education Section, New Perspectives: Papers from Library School Students and Novice Librarian Presenters,Annual Conference of the Medical Library Association, Seattle, Wash., May, 1997.
Craven CK, Lau F, Doebbling B, Holden R, Furniss D, Novak LL. Evidence-based heatlh informatics frameworks for applied use. In Evidence-based health informatics. Elske Ammenwerth, Michael Rigby (eds). Studies in Health Technologies and Informatics Series. IOS
Press. Amsterdam: The Netherlands. Spring 2016.; Craven CK, Jones B, Zipper L. Potential for harm due to failures in the EIK process. In Patient safety: perspectives on evidence, information and knowledge transfer. Lorri Zipperer(ed.). Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Surrey: England. September 15, 2013.;
Craven CK, Koppel R, Weiner M. The role of evidence, information and knowledge: information and evidence failures in daily work: how they can affect the safety of care. In Patient safety: perspectives on evidence, information and Knowledge transfer. Lorri Zipperer (ed).
Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Surrey: England. September 15, 2013.;Craven CK, Goode V, Twose C, Zhang D, Roderer NK. WelServe: The DBMS for capturing and tracking Welch Medical Library’s embedded informationist service delivery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In Emerging practices in science and technology librarianship. Amy Besnoy (ed.) Routledge. June 1, 2013.; Roderer N, Craven CK, Lehmann H. Biomedical Informatics. In Encyclopedia of library and information science (3rd ed.). Marcia J. Bates and Mary Niles Maack (eds.). CRC Press (Francis
and Taylor Group): New York. December 2009.