Sadaf Kazi

Ph.D. Student
Cognitive Ergonomics Lab, School of Psychology

Sadaf's research focuses on understanding how cognitive variables (e.g., memory, attention) interact with other system variables (e.g., time pressure, uncertainty) to influence performance in dynamic environments. One of her recent projects investigates how family participation in traditional physician-led rounds conducted in hospital units affects nursing workload. Nurses in two pediatric units - one managing acutely ill patients, and another managing patients with chronic cardiac conditions - tracked the interruptions they faced from patients' families, as well as the workload they experienced in updating families about the plan of care. She and her team also surveyed patients' families on their information needs while the child was admitted, and whether those needs were being met.