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Ashley Meyer, PhD – Career Development Awardee

Ashley Meyer, PhD Ashley Meyer, PhD
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, TX 


Ashley ND Meyer, PhD, is a cognitive psychologist and health services researcher at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center as well as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, both in Houston, Texas. She previously completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience/Psychology at Rice University in Houston, Texas and then completed a Health Services Research Fellowship at IQuESt through the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.

Her research focus is on diagnostic errors, specifically on identifying the cognitive and system-related causes of diagnostic errors, understanding clinicians' cognition related to diagnostic decision-making (including the role that metacognition or the use of health information technology plays in the occurrence of errors), and developing and testing interventions to prevent or mitigate diagnostic errors (trigger tools, second opinions, mobile apps, feedback, etc.). Dr. Meyer's career development award focuses on investigating the relationships between clinicians' diagnostic accuracy and their cognitive characteristics and patterns of electronic health record use. She is also a Co-Director for the Diagnosis Improvement Safety Center (DISCovery; funded by the VA National Center for Patient Safety) and serves as Chair of the Research Committee of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

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