Elizabeth Lazzara

Associate Professor
Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology
College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

COAS 401.13 (By Appointment)

Areas of Expertise

Patient Safety

Quality Improvement

Human and Team Performance


Training Assessment

Simulation-based Training 

Elizabeth Lazzara

I am an Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Currently, I co-lead the Research, Engineering, and Applied Collaboration in Healthcare (REACH). Previously, I was dual appointed at University of Kansas School of Medicine and Wichita State University. Although I have had extensive experiences in military, academic, and commercial settings, my primary interests lie within improving the quality of patient care within the healthcare domain. I strive to make a long lasting and significant impact by examining and advancing the science and practice of clinical care and patient safety issues pertaining to human performance, teamwork, team training, and simulation-based training, and performance measurement.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology: Human Factors Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Applied Experimental and Human Factors: Psychology, University of Central Florida

  • PSY 315: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 345: Training and Development

HF 302 Human Factors II

HF 520 Team Performance

HF 612 Human Factors Methods

HF 695 Human Factors in Medicine

PSY 315 Cognitive Psychology

  1. Cohen, T. N., Griggs, A. C., Keebler, J. R., Lazzara, E. H., Doherty, S. M., Kanji, F. F., & Gewertz, B. (2020). Using escape rooms for teams research: Development, considerations, and challenges. Simulation and Gaming.
  2. Doorey, A. J., Turi, Z. G., Lazzara, E. H., Mendoza, E. G., Garratt, K. N., & Weintraub, W. S. (2020). Safety gabs in medical team communication: Results of quality improvement efforts in a cardiac catheterization lab. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, 95, 136-144.
  3. Lazzara, E. H., Keebler, J. R., Simonson, R., Lane-Fall, M. B., & Argarwala, A. (2020). Navigating the challenges of performing anesthesia handoffs and conducting anesthesia handoff research. International Anesthesiology Clinics, 58(1), 32-37.
  4. Benishek, L. E., & Lazzara, E. H. (2019). Teams in a new era: Some considerations and implications. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1006), 1-15.
  5. Chaparro, A., Lazzara, E. H., Diamond, A., & Keebler, J. R. (2019). Checklists: A review of their origins, benefits, and current uses as a cognitive aid in medicine. Ergonomics in Design, 1-6.
  6. Fernandez, R., Rosenman, E., Brolliar, S., Chipman, S, Kalynch, C., Vrablik, M.,…Lazzara, E. H. (2019). An event-based approach to measurement: Facilitating measurement in high variable clinical settings. Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, 1-7.
  7. Gregory, M. E., Hughes, A. M., Benishek, L. E., Sonesh, S., Lazzara, E. H., Woodard, L. D.,…Salas, E. (2019). Toward the development of the perfect medical team: Critical components for adaptation. Journal of Patient Safety. Advanced online version.
  8. Guttman, O., Daniel, W., Keebler, J. R., Lazzara, E. H., & Reed, G. (2019). Rethinking high reliability in healthcare: The role of error management theory in high reliability organizing. Journal of Patient safety and Risk Management, 1-7.
  9. Lazzara, E. H., Keebler, J. R.., Shuffler, M L., Patzer, B., Smith, D. C., & Misasi, P. (2019). Considerations for multiteam systems in Emergency Medical Services. Journal of Patient Safety, 15(2), 150-153.
  10. Gisick, L M., Webster, K. L W., Keebler, J.R., Lazzara, E. H., Fouquet, S., Fletcher, K., … Chan, Y. R. (2018). Measuring shared mental models in the healthcare setting. Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, 23(5), 207-219.

Research Assistant Professor - University of Kansas School of Medicine and Wichita State University

American Society for Clinical Oncology

Association for Psychological Science

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Society for Industrial/Organizational Society

Society of Psychologists in Management

Association for Psychological Science - 2017 Rising Star

Leadership Quarterly - 2007 Most Cited Paper