Currently: University of Arizona
Dr. Effken received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Hartford, a master’s in nursing, and a PhD in psychology from the University of Connecticut.
She worked as a staff nurse in several health care organizations and began her ‘‘informatics journey’’ as a hospital information system consultant in the mid-1980s. She moved from Connecticut to join the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Nursing in 1995, where she is currently an associate professor.
Her research has been in several areas, including the application of ecological psychology to help refine clinical system user interfaces to improve recognition of critical events and reduce errors. She also introduced to nursing the use of computational modeling to address organizational change over time and simulate the effect of patient safety and quality innovations in a virtual environment. Her paper describing this method won the 2004 HarrietWorley award for contributions to the field of nursing informatics. She led the development of an online nursing doctoral program, and chairs the AMIA Nursing Workgroup task force that has obtained a Standard Occupational Code for Nursing Informatics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Her election to the College recognizes her substantial and sustained contributions to nursing informatics.