Dr Rebecca Randell

Senior Translational Research Fellow

0113 3431337

Location: Baines Wing


Rebecca Randell joined the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds in July 2012 as a Senior Translational Research Fellow.

Rebecca is a researcher in health informatics and leads the Decision Making research group, undertaking research concerned with the use of health IT in supporting healthcare professionals’ decision making.

Although she has a background in software engineering, her research is very much focused on the social, understanding how healthcare professionals carry out their work in order to inform the design of health IT to support that work and with understanding how health IT is used in practice.

Rebecca has studied medical and nursing handover in a variety of hospital settings, histopathologists making diagnoses at the microscope, and multidisciplinary team meetings. She has carried out research into nurses’ customisation of equipment in the intensive care unit, nurses’ use of computerised decision support systems (CDSS), the effect of novel hardware solutions on GP-patient communication, the impact of a virtual reality microscope on time to diagnosis in histopathology, and the impact of a wall-sized display on collaboration in undergraduate and postgraduate pathology teaching. This understanding is achieved largely through qualitative methods, focusing on the use of observations supported by interviews.  More recently, she has begun to use video to capture interaction with and around health IT. She also has experience of undertaking systematic reviews, surveys, and more experimental approaches to evaluation.

In 2004, Rebecca was awarded the Diana E. Forsythe Award by the American Medical Informatics Association for research at the intersection of informatics and the social sciences.