Eta Berner is a Professor in the Health Informatics Program, Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Related Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds a secondary appointment in the Section of Medical Informatics in the School of Medicine. She received an AB degree with Highest Distinction in Psychology from the University of Rochester. After receiving an EdD in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dr. Berner completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical education at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Prior to moving to her current position in 1997, Dr. Berner held faculty and administrative appointments at the medical schools at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Berner's informatics interests are in the evaluation of medical informatics applications and the development of new modalities for health informatics education. Since 1990, she been involved in the evaluation of diagnostic decision support systems and is currently developing distance learning programs in health informatics. She recently completed a study examining methods for evaluating medical students' information retrieval and application skills. Dr. Berner has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and frequently serves on grant review panels for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She has given invited presentations on informatics at several organizations, including the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, and the National Library of Medicine's Workshop on Knowledge-based Systems.
Dr. Berner is a manuscript reviewer for several medical education and informatics journals, and was a member of the editorial board of Academic Medicine. In addition to being a frequent presenter at AMIA symposia, she has served on the AMIA Education Committee and was Vice Chair of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group. She is currently a member of the editorial board of the JAMIA and Medical Education Online.