UMSI PhD student wins best poster at ALISE conference

Phd student charles senteio stands next to his winning submission in the association for library and Information Science Education (ALISE) doctoral student poster contest.

UMSI PhD student Charles Senteio won the doctoral student research poster contest at the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference in Chicago on January 28. ALISE is the key venue for information science faculty candidates to showcase their work to senior researchers in the field.

Senteio’s dissertation, “Psychological Factors in Diabetes Care,” addresses the incorporation of psychosocial information into clinical health care.

According to his dissertation advisor, Dr. Tiffany Veinot, his research "will be an important, unique and timely scholarly contribution to an issue of much current interest: incorporation of psychosocial information into clinical health care. It will prove immensely valuable as the health informatics field grapples with how to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records.” 

Senteio's research examined which psychosocial factors providers believe are important in treating adult diabetes patients and how providers access and use psychosocial information. Senteio also looked at the situations in which psychosocial factors were considered and provider characteristics, such as years of experience, that influenced the use of psychosocial information.

While the Institute of Medicine report recommends psychosocial information to be gathered as part of routine health care, Senteio’s research goes a step further, says Veinot. "It provides critical insight into how such information is currently used in clinical decision making, and reveals information that clinicians want to know but currently can’t access very easily."

Senteio’s mixed methods study utilized both qualitative interviews and a structured survey of providers, the results of which could provide an important basis for the design or adaptation of future clinical decision support systems that consider psychosocial factors.

The second place award in the poster competition went to UMSI alumna Maurine McCourry (MILS '94). "RDA and the Music Student: A Domain Analytic Approach to Catalog Needs," was based on her doctoral dissertation, which she successfully defended at Dominican University in July, 2014.

Posted January 29, 2015