Robert J. Lucero, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor of NursingLucero, Robert

University of Florida
P.O. Box 100197
Gainesville, FL 32610-0197
HPNP 3201

Telephone: 352-273-6370
Fax: 352-273-6536


Dr. Lucero’s research focuses on enabling health promotion and enhancing health care delivery through health informatics. He is the PI of an ongoing study, funded by UFHealth and the NIH, to rigorously validate prediction models that can be translated into practice to support clinicians’ fall prevention clinical decision-making. The purpose is to identify and test a predictive algorithms that can be used in a point-of-care early warning system to detect older adults at-risk of falling when hospitalized. This work is currently based on a data registry of patient, nursing, and organizational data acquired from the UF Integrated Data Registry on over 3000 patients, including 1012 fall events, that was curated by Dr. Lucero’s research team. The research will apply Data Science methods to both structured and unstructured (i.e. nursing progress notes) data.

Dr. Lucero is also the PI of an NIH subcontract from the New York City Hispanic Caregiver Research Program (NHiRP). The NHiRP will generate a unique hybrid program of observational and interventional research to understand the needs of the rapidly growing population of Hispanic caregivers and to use this knowledge to design, adapt, and test novel, socio-demographically tailored web-based interventions. Dr. Lucero is co-leading a study focused on extending the use of an electronic personal health record (ePHR) by designing, developing, and evaluating a web-based Family-Health Information Management System for use by Latino caregivers.


Dr. Lucero’s teaching interests include exploring historical and contemporary philosophical perspectives of basic and social science. As an instructor of Health Policy, Health Promotion, and Informatics courses, he encourages students to consider diverse perspectives that can inform legislative, professional, and practice issues.


Dr. Lucero is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine, and a Ford Foundation Faculty Fellow of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal Nursing Economic$ and a past Board Member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues of AcademyHealth. Dr. Lucero is also a standing member of the AHRQ Health Information Technology Research study section.

Area of expertise:

Dr. Lucero is an expert in the design, development, and evaluation of consumer and clinician-centered health information technology, as well as the secondary use of electronic clinical data for use in comparative effectiveness research. His NIH funded work has focused on integrating self-management tools within an ePHR platform and resulted in the development of a highly useable system aimed at preventing falls among community-dwelling older adults.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Health Informatics, Columbia University, 2010

PhD, Nursing/Health Services Research, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

MSN, Nursing/Community Health, Arizona State University, 2004

MPH, Community Health, University of Arizona, 2003

BS, Nursing, Arizona State University, 2001