Robert Lucero

Robert Lucero PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor Of Nursing

Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6370
Business Email: rlucero@ufl.edu

About Robert Lucero

RESEARCH

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.

TEACHING

Dr. Lucero’s teaching interests include health policy and administration, health informatics, health promotion, and theory.

SERVICE

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.

Honors & Awards

Significant Contributions by a Career Award Grantee
2014 · National Institutes of Health
Multidisciplinary Faculty Fellow
2012 · American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education/ Ford Foundation
Executive Leadership Academy
2011 · University of California, Berkeley
AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholar
2010 · AcademyHealth
NIH T-32 Postdoctoral Training Grant
2008-2010 · Columbia University
National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Mentoring Fellowship
2007-2008 · National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations
Project L.E.A.P. (Leadership, Education, and Policy Development) Scholar
2007 · University of Pennsylvania
NIH T-32 Predoctoral Training Grant
2004-2007 · University of Pennsylvania
Hispanic National Internship Program
2002 · Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
HRSA Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship
2001-2003 · Arizona State University
Salsbury Scholarship
2001-2002 · Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
Barbara Browne Connors Nursing Scholarship
2000-2004 · Arizona State University
Helene Fuld National Scholar
2000 · Arizona State University

Research Profile

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.

Grants

April 2019ACTIVE
Advancing Interdisciplinary Science of Aging through Identification of Iatrogenic Complications: The UF EHR Clinical Data Infrastructure for Enhanced Patient Safety among the Elderly (UF-ECLIPSE)
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
March 2019ACTIVE
VA IPA – Robert Lucero
US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Principal Investigator
August 2018ACTIVE
Translational Science Training to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol on HIV Infection
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA ·
July 2018ACTIVE
Quasi – Development of a Nurse-Delivered Mobile Health Intervention for Children with Asthma and Obesity
UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL ·
May 2018ACTIVE
Use of HIV Surveillance Data to Address HIV-related Stigma and Improve HIV Care Outcomes in Florida
FL DEPT OF HLTH · Project Manager
April 2018ACTIVE
Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) Administrative and Research Support Core
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA · Project Manager
April 2018 – July 2019
Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
September 2017ACTIVE
Evaluating the Tablet-based Turkish-PAINReportIt for Assessing Pain of Lung Cancer Patients Post Thoracotomy in TURKEY
NATL INST OF HLTH NCI ·
April 2017 – March 2018
Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
March 2017 – December 2018
Strengthening the UF Health Nursing Academic Partnership Phase IV: Generating Practice-Based Evidence for Quality Improvement (Stage 2)
UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Principal Investigator
February 2016 – February 2017
STRENGTHENING THE UFHEALTH NURSING ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP
UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Principal Investigator
April 2015 – March 2019
New York City Hispanic Dementia caregiver research
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY · Principal Investigator

Education

2010
Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Health Informatics
Columbia University
2008
PhD – Nursing/Health Services Research
University of Pennsylvania
2004
MSN – Nursing/Community Health
Arizona State University
2003
MPH – Community Health
University of Arizona
2001
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Arizona State University