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Ashley M Hughes

Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences

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1919 W. Taylor St., 255 AHSB

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Dr. Ashley M. Hughes, PhD, MS, has experience conducting experimental and quasi-experimental human factors studies, with specific focus on training, technology, and teamwork in healthcare. Dr. Hughes currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of the Systems-based Approach For Enhancing Teamwork (SAFE-T) in healthcare lab. As a result of her authored, co-authored, and investigator proposal writing, Ashley has contributed to proposals resulting in funding from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense (DoD), Army Research Lab (ARL), and Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). To accomplish these projects, Dr. Hughes has directed and supervised teams of 14+ research staff and students for funded and unfunded project completion, resulting in 18 co-authored articles and over 70 presentations. This work includes interdisciplinary collaborations to complete projects related to training transfer, healthcare team training, assessment of teamwork, and the impact of technology on teams to optimize health systems.

Selected Grants

Veteran Health Affairs Health Service Research & Development, Improving veteran health by increasing dental stewardship of antibiotics and opioids, Co-Investigator

Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) implementation in specialized population, Principal Investigator

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Impact of team configuration and stability on primary care quality, Site PI/Co-Investigator

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute , Non-invasive ventilation strategies for patients with exacerbated COPD, Site PI/Co-Investigator

Selected Publications

“Teammate familiarity, teamwork, and risk of workplace injury in EMS teams”, Journal of Emergency Nursing

“A comprehensive review of team training in healthcare: Ten questions”, Journal of the Joint Commission for Quality and Patient Safety

“Saving lives: A meta-analysis of team training in healthcare”, Journal of Applied Psychology

“Promoting teamwork in translational medical teams: Insights and recommendations from science and practice”, Journal of Translational Medicine & Epidemiology

Publication Aggregators

Research Gate

Service to the Community

Faculty judge in 2018 AHS Health Tech Jam Faculty facilitator in 2018 Interprofessional Education Day Faculty judge in 2019 UIC Research and Impact Day

Leadership in the Profession

Human Factors and Ergonomics Women's Organization for Mentorship and Networking (WOMAN), Co-founder & Chair

Health Care Technical Group division of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Chair

Notable Honors

2018 - Schmidt and Hunter Meta-Analysis Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

2019-2020 - Social Networks and Health Workshop Fellow, Duke University, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

2019 - Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society


Ph.D., Applied Experimental Human Factors Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2016
M.S., Modeling and Simulation, University of Central Florida, 2013
B.S., Psychology, Honors in the major, University of Central Florida, 2010