Patricia L. Mabry, PhD
Research Investigator

Academic appointment: Adjunct faculty, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University

Joined the Institute: 2019

Education and training: PhD and clinical internship, Medical University of South Carolina

Overview/research interests:

I am an interdisciplinary scientists with strong grounding in behavioral and social science, public/population health, and systems science methodologies.

I have three primary research areas of interest:

  • Use of modeling and simulation to both understand health and health inequalities, and to support policy and clinical decision making in complex environments (e.g., development of policy simulators)
  • Use of network science and artificial intelligence (AI, including machine learning and deep learning) to understand and improve in the biomedical research workforce and the biomedical research enterprise
  • Application of systems science and AI to understand and improve healthcare delivery and population health (e.g., use of deep learning on EHR’s to delivery recommendations for personalized medicine)

Current research activities and funding:

  1. Co-Project Director on a two-year grant awarded by the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The project is building a sustainable, cloud-based research asset and data sharing platform, designed for academic libraries and their researcher patrons while also incubating a vibrant user community.
  2. Co-Investigator on an NIH R01 grant application led by Dr. Mike Maciosek (PI) of HealthPartners Institute (submitted February 2019). The proposed project will develop a simulation model to explore how state and national tobacco control policies aimed at reducing combustible cigarette use ultimately impact population health and costs. An important aspect of the model is to explore how these policies could affect the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices (aka, electronic cigarettes), potentially conveying additional harms.
  3. Lead investigator (PI) on an NIH R01 grant application under development for Spring 2019. The proposed project introduces novel analytic framework bridging social network theory, network science, and deep learning to uncover attributes of trajectories that explain success among NIH grantees. The project is designed to detect patterns in the evolution of grant collaboration networks and coauthorship networks that result in “K to R transition”, identifying complex pathways by which those who were successful in competing for an NIH K (Career Award) are able to succeed in obtaining NIH R01 support. The broader impacts of this work lie in the potential to identify targets for early career intervention in service of developing and retaining a fruitful, diverse workforce.
  4. In the nascent stages of conceiving of a project to develop a system dynamics or hybrid system dynamics/agent-based simulation model to understand colorectal cancer screening uptake. The goal of the project would be to obtain actionable insights about which strategies would most effectively (and affordably) increase colorectal cancer screening participation among the general population and hard-to-reach subpopulations.
Publications While At HealthPartners
selected publications
Journal Article
  • "I'm torn": qualitative analysis of dental practitioner-perceived barriers, facilitators, and solutions to HPV vaccine promotion
    Healthcare. 2024
  • Qualitative interviews to add patient perspectives in colorectal cancer screening: improvements in a learning health system
    Journal of Cancer Education. 2024
  • Can math models predict--and prevent--the next suicide
    Daily Beast. 2022
  • Cancer systems epidemiology: overcoming misconceptions and integrating systems approaches into cancer research
    PLoS Medicine. 2022
  • Exploiting interdisciplinary research design for temporally complex big data: discussion of a case-study using on heterogenous bibliographic big data
    Proc Assoc Inf Sci Technol. 2022
  • Research gaps and opportunities in precision nutrition: an NIH workshop report
    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2022
  • Leveraging clinical decision support and integrated medical-dental electronic health records to implementing precision in oral cancer risk assessment and preventive intervention
    Journal of personalized medicine. 2021
  • CADRE: a collaborative, cloud-based solution for big bibliographic data research in academic libraries
    Front Big Data. 2020
  • Introduction to the theme issue on dynamics of health behavior: revisiting systems science for population health
    Health Education and Behavior. 2020
  • Open science, communal culture, and women's participation in the movement to improve science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2020
  • NIH primary and secondary prevention research in humans during 2012-2017
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018
  • Editorial Article
  • Call for transparency of COVID-19 models [editorial]
    Science (New York, N.Y.).  368. 2020
  • Chapter
  • How to get the most from your mentoring experience
    Building a career outside academia: a guide for doctoral students in the behavioral and social sciences. 2018
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