Ragnhildur (Raga) I. Bjarnadottir, PhD, MPH, RN

Postdoctoral Associate

University of Florida
P.O. Box 100187
Gainesville, FL 32610-0187
HPNP 3214

Telephone: 352-273-6505
Email: rib@ufl.edu


Dr. Bjarnadottir teaches Applied Statistics and Nursing Informatics and Information Management to DNP students,


Dr. Bjarnadottir’s research focuses on leveraging health informatics and data science to improve health care quality for underserved populations. Her dissertation research examined home care nurses’ assessment and documentation of patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity. She has also explored EHR implementation and nurses experiences with documentation systems in the long-term care setting. In her current research, Dr. Bjarnadottir uses text-mining methods to identify factors associated with risk of patient falls in acute care nurses’ progress notes.


Dr. Bjarnadottir holds memberships in the American Medical Informatics Association, Academy Health, Sigma Theta Tau International – Alpha Theta and Alpha Zeta Chapters, and the Southern Nurses Research Society.

Area of expertise

Dr. Bjarnadottir’s area of expertise is nursing informatics, nurse documentation, text mining and data science.


Dr. Bjarnadottir received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iceland in 2008. After working as a community health and school nurse, she completed her Masters’ of Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2013. Dr. Bjarnadottir completed her PhD in Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing in 2016. She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Florida College of Nursing, in addition to receiving post-doctoral training through a fellowship from the University of Florida Informatics Institute.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Bjarnadottir RI, Bockting W, Dowding D. Patient Perspectives on Answering Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: An integrative review. J Clin Nurs. October 2016. doi:10.1111/jocn.13612.
  • Dowding D, Arcia A, Bjarnadottir RI, Iribarren S, Yoon S. Integrating a Proposed Population Health Model with Nursing Informatics Research. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;225:732-734.
  • Bjarnadottir RI, Semeraro PK, Herzig CTA, et al. “Striving for Excellence”: Minimum Data Set Coordinators’ Perceptions of Their Role in the Nursing Home. J Gerontol Nurs. 2015;41(9):32-41. doi:10.3928/00989134-20150728-09.
  • Bjarnadottir RI, Millery M, Fleck E, Bakken S. Correlates of online health information-seeking behaviors in a low-income Hispanic community. Inform Health Soc Care. 2016;41(4):341-349. doi:10.3109/17538157.2015.1064429.