About Robert Lucero
Robert J. Lucero’s long-term goal is to improve the quality of health care and outcomes through research that incorporates a multidisciplinary approach, including health services, health informatics, and population health research perspectives.
Dr. Lucero’s research is on the cutting edge of participatory design approaches that require consumer engagement. His Consumer-centered Participatory Design approach not only focuses on consumer’s technology needs but also takes into account core public health functions and outcomes such as informing, educating, and empowering individuals about health issues; mobilizing community partnerships; linking people to health services; and conducting health-related research to develop insights and innovative solutions. This approach has tremendous potential for overcoming social and cultural barriers that can impede the adoption of health information technology. The Consumer-centered Participatory Design approach has wide-scale applicability for real world health-related challenges, which has been endorsed through peer-reviewed publications and NIH/NINR funding, and has been applied in different populations and clinical domains, including community-based falls prevention among older adults, family caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, family caregivers of children living with obesity and asthma, and African-American women living with HIV.
In addition to his community-based research, Dr. Lucero has been advancing a data science research program to enhance the safety of hospitalized older adults by reducing iatrogenic conditions through an effective learning health system. Launched in 2015 with partners from UFHealth Shands Hospital, this research aims to leverage the unique electronic data and health care resources at UF including structured and text data. Primarily, this research will contribute to the development of additional research-data infrastructure, in the form of text-mining methods and resources, to optimize studies in critical aging topics. Additionally, this scientific inquiry will continue to expand an existing interdisciplinary academic-clinical research team focused on priority aging research questions.
Dr. Lucero’s teaching interests include health policy and administration, health informatics, health promotion, and theory.
Dr. Lucero is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is currently a Standing Member of the AHRQ Health Information Technology Study Section and Editor of Nursing Economic$ Information Technology for Health Promotion & Care Delivery column. Dr. Lucero is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, AcademyHealth, AMIA, and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. In 2018, Dr. Lucero was selected as the recipient of the UF Health Sciences Center Superior Accomplishment Award in Community Service for his significant and meaningful community-based research and mentorship of pre- and postdoctoral trainees.
Design, development and evaluation of consumer and clinician-centered health information technology. Secondary use of electronic clinical data for use in comparative effectiveness research. Research targets include quality, self-management, healthy aging and maintaining independence. Population focus is on the aging (acute care and community-based settings) and caregiver dyads.
Dr. Lucero has expertise in developing and applying health informatics self-management interventions among vulnerable populations, including Hispanic/Latino community-dwelling adults and African-American women living with HIV. He also has expertise in the application of data science methods to big data, including integrated data from electronic health records (i.e., provider’s assessment and laboratory data) and various sources of acute care administrative data.