Faculty

PSL courses are taught by nationally recognized UIC College of Medicine faculty and adjunct instructors.

Kari Gali, DNP, APRN, PNP-BC

Kari Gali, DNP, APRN, PNP-BC
Adjunct Instructor / Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
University of Illinois at Chicago / Cleveland Clinic

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Research Areas

  • Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to Guideline Implementation
  • Coaching Quality
  • Implementation of a Handoff Tool in Telehealth
  • High Function Teams

Selected Publications

  • SQUIRE Guidelines Revised: Explanation & Elaboration (Accepted to BMJ open access and print 2/2016)
  • Implementation of a Guideline: Minimizing Vaccine Associated Pain in the Pediatric Office Facilitators and Barriers  2016- Submitted to Journal of Nursing Quality
  • Self- Directed Learning (chapter) Encyclopedia of Nursing Education. Editors Smith, Carpenter & Fitzpatrick  2015.
  • Concept Analysis Adhering to Exercise (chapter). Concept Analysis: Key Concepts Relevant to Nursing Research and Professional Practice. Editors Fitzpatrick & McCarthy 2016.  

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 403: Communication and Collaboration

Carole Hemmelgarn

Carole Hemmelgarn, M.S., M.S.
Adjunct Instructor / Parent Representative
University of Illinois at Chicago / Patient Safety Committee at Colorado Children’s Hospital, Solutions for Patient Safety – Patient Engagement Committee

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Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 402: Error Science, Risk and Disclosure

Amanda Keunstler

Amanda Keunstler
Risk Management Specialist
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

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Research Areas

  • Human Factors and System Safety

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 502: Health Sciences Research and Information Technology

Laura Lee

Laura Lee, MSc, RN
Adjunct Instructor / Director, Office of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality/ Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Clinical Care
University of Illinois at Chicago / National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

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Research Areas

  • Participants’ Perceptions of Clinical Research Experiences
  • Participant Centered Outcomes in Clinical Research
  • Suicide Screening in Medical Settings

Selected Publications

  • Kost, R. G., Lee, L. M., Yessis, J., Wesley, R. A., Henderson, D. K., & Coller, B. S. (2013). Assessing participant-centered outcomes to improve clinical research. New England Journal of Medicine, 369(23), 2179-2181.
  • Horowitz, L. M., Snyder, D., Ludi, E., Rosenstein, D. L, Kohn-Godbout, J., Lee, L. M., Cartledge, T., Farrar, A., & Pao, M. (2013). Ask suicide-screening questions to everyone in medical settings: The asQ’em Quality Improvement Project. Psychosomatics, 54(3), 239-247.
  • Yessis, J. L., Kost, R. G., Lee, L. M., Coller, B. S., & Henderson, D. K. (2012). Development of a research participants’ perception survey to improve clinical research. Clinical and Translational Science, 5(6), 452-460.
  • Ballard, E. D., Pao, M., Henderson, D. L., Lee, L. M., Bostwick, J. M., & Rosenstein, D. L. (2008). Suicide in the medical setting. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 34(8), 474-481.

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 401: Patient Safety and Quality Care Improvement

Michael Leonardi

Michael Leonardi, M.D.
Adjunct Instructor/ Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago/ University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

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Research Areas

  • Maternal Disorders Management
  • Preterm Birth Prevention
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Preterm Labor Management

Selected Publications

  • Scott, R. T., Leonardi, M. R., Hoffman, G. E., Illions, E. H., Neal, G. S., & Navot, D. (1993). A prospective evaluation of clomiphene citrate challenge test screening of the general infertility population. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 82(4), 539-544.
  • Bryant, D. R., Leonardi, M. R., Landwehr, J. B., & Bottoms, S. F. (1998). Limited usefulness of fetal weight in predicting neonatal brachial plexus injury. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 179(1), 686-689.
  • Leonardi, M. R., Wolfe, H. M., Lanouette, J. M., Landwehr, J. B., Johnson, M. P., & Evans, M. I. (1998). The apparently isolated choroid plexus cyst: importance of minor abnormalities in predicting the risk for aneuploidy. Fetal Diagn Ther, 13(1), 49-52.
  • Vegunta, R. K., Wallace, L. J., Leonardi, M. R., Gross, T. L., Renfroe, Y., Marshall, J. S., Cohen, H. S., Hocker, J. R., Macwan, K. S., Clark, S. E., Ramiro, S., & Pearl, R. H. (2005). Perinatal management of gastroschisis: Analysis of a newly established clinical pathway. J Pediatr Surg, 40(3), 528-534.

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 402: Error Science, Risk and Disclosure

David Loiacono

Loiacono-PhotoDavid Loiacono, RPh, MS, MPH, EdD
Clinical/Organizational Pharmacist at Osco Drug; Director at Corporate Health Ltd
University of Illinois at Chicago / Osco Drug / Corporate Health Ltd

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Research Areas

  • Management/Organizational Behavior
  • Adult Education
  • Patient Safety/Medication Compliance
  • Health Education

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 404: Organizational Leadership/Health Systems

Sherri (Hill) Mavrias

Sherri Hill, PhD, RN
Adjunct Instructor / Associate Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety
University of Illinois at Chicago / Edward Elmhurst Healthcare

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Research Areas

  • Factors that Increase the Level of Employee Initiative and Proactive Behavior in Organizations
  • Prosocial Voice and Patient Safety Culture Among Hospital Nurses
  • Systems Thinking in Healthcare Organizations

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 404: Organizational Leadership/Health Systems
  • PSL 501: Healthcare Simulation, Team and Applied Leadership Principles

Annette Valenta

Annette Valenta, DrPH
Academic Director and Director of Graduate Studies, Patient Safety Leadership Programs
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Research Areas

  • Social and Organizational Issues Relating to Health Technology
  • Role Information Systems Play in Patient Safety

Selected Publications

  • Moran, K. M., Harris, I. B., & Valenta, A. L. (2016). Competencies for patient safety and quality improvement: A synthesis of recommendations in influential position papers. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 42(4), 162-169.
  • Bullington, P., Pawola, L., Walker, R., Valenta, A., Briars, L., & John, E. (2007). Identification of medication non-adherence factors in adolescent transplant patients: The patient’s viewpoint. Pediatric Transplantation, 11(8), 914-921.
  • Valenta, A. L., Meagher, E. A., Tachinardi, U., & Starren, J. (2016). Core informatics competencies for clinical and translational scientists: What do our customers and collaborators need to know? JAMIA, 23(4), 835-839.
  • Valenta, A. L., Brooks, I., Laureto, R. A., & Ramaprasad, A. (2007). Breaking the silo: Using informatics to support clinical and translational science. J Healthc Inf Manag, 21(4), 15-17.

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 597: Capstone

George Vukotich

George Vukotich, PhD
Adjunct Instructor/ Vice President of Programming
University of Illinois at Chicago / 1871

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Research Areas

  • Organization Change
  • Organizational Culture
  • Leadership
  • Patient Safety
  • Startup Businesses

Selected Publications

  • Vukotich, G. (2011). 10 steps to successful change management. Alexandria, VA: ASTD Press.
  • Vukotich, G. (2008). Breaking the chains of culture: Building trust in individuals, teams and organizations. BookSurge Publishing
  • Vukotich, G. (2015). Making change happen: 10 steps to getting it done. Columbus, OH: Price World Publishing.

Current Areas of Teaching

  • PSL 404: Organizational Leadership/Health Systems
  • PSL 503: Economics, Policy and Environment
  • PSL 504: Creating Human and System Change