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College of Nursing

Validating Triage for Chemical Mass Casualty Incidents

Research Team

Joan Culley

Project Principal Investigator,Dr. Joan M. Culley, PhD, MS, MPH, RN, CWOCH / Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina

Conducts research related to the application of informatics to emergency preparedness and validation of mass casualty triage models.

Jenay Beer

Collaborator, Dr. Jenay Beer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences and Engineering, and College of Social Work, University of South Carolina

Will provide expertise in the area human-computer interaction throughout the development and testing of EDICT.

Jean Craig

Consortium PI, Dr. Jean Craig, PhD,  Database Warehouse Architect for the Office of Biomedical Informatics Systems Health Sciences South Carolina at the College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina

An expert in systems architecture, database design, and statistics.

Sal DiNardi

Co-Investigator, Dr. Salvatore R. DiNardi, PhD, CIH,  College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina

Certified Industrial Hygienist and principal scientist for the United States Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory, (Groton, CT) Submarine Atmospheric Health Assessment Program.

Jane Richter

Co-Investigator, Dr. Jane Richter, DrPH, MSN, MA, RN, CHES,  College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina

Former Director for the Arnold School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of South Carolina with extensive experience in public health emergency planning and response.

Erik Svendsen

Consortium Co-Investigator, Dr. Erik Svendsen, PhD, MS, Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences,  Medical University of South Carolina

Environmental and disaster epidemiologist  with research interests in the epidemiology of environmentally and occupationally induced lung disease.

Abbas Tavakoli

Data Manager, Dr. Abbas Tavakoli, DrPH, MPH, ME, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Director of the Statistics Lab in College of Nursing, University of South Carolina

Expert in the application of SAS to examine missing data as well as the use of predictive modeling analysis  to expert in data management, linear modeling, non-parametric, and statistical design.

Homay Valafar

Co-Investigator, Dr. Homayoun Valafar, PhD, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Will lead the technical development, programming and testing of the EDICT.

Sara Donevant

Sara Donevant, RN, MSN, CCRN

PhD student College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina; MS in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Nick Boltin

Nicholas Boltin

PhD student Department of Computer Science andEngineering - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of South Carolina.

Michael Pallon

Nursing student in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina; Magellan Scholar Grant recipient to study ‘Knowledge and Use of Pulse Oximetry and WISER by First Responders During Triage of Victims of Irritant Gas Syndrome Agent Disasters.’

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