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Public health informatics, older adult decision-making and personal health information management, designing discrete choice experiment tools for older adults with dementia and their caregivers, information needs assessment for public health, public health workflow and evaluation of public health information technologies, improving language access and use of informatics methods to improve communication with Limited English Proficiency populations, human-centered design, and qualitative methods.


Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine, MD, Graduated 1985

Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, Pediatrics, 1988

Seattle Children’s Hospital/ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Center, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 1994

ISchool, MLIS, University of Washington, 2001

NLM Biomedical Informatics Fellowship, OHSU, 2005

School of Public Health, MPH, 2005


Improving Access to Multilingual Health Information Through Machine Translation, NLM R01, Turner & Kirchhoff, PIs

SOARING: Studying Older Adults and Researching their Information Needs and Goals, AHRQ R01, Turner, PI

SHARE-NW, OMH, Co-investigator

PEARLS Equity, CDC, Co-Investigator

Decision-making in Alzheimer’s Research (DMAR). NIA R01, Turner, PI

Current projects:

Decision-making in Alzheimer’s Research (NIA-R01) – Turner, PI

SHARE-NW (OMH) Bekemeier, PI

PEARLS Equity (CDC), Hannon, PI

Other Roles:

Advisory Board.  Health Systems and Population Health,  HIHIM Program

Past Chair, AMIA Academic Forum


BIME 533 Public Health and Informatics

BIME 530 Introduction to Biomedical and Health Informatics

Representative publications:

Turner, A.M., Brownstein, M., Cole, K., Karasz, H and Kirchhoff, K. Modeling workflow translation to design machine translation applications for public health practice. J of Biomed Inform. 2015; 16: 136-146. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2014.10.005 PMID: 25445922

Hartzler, A., Demiris, G., Osterhage, K., Phelan, E., Thielke, S. and Turner, A.M. Managing personal health information in pursuit of healthy aging: Insights from older adults on the importance of wellness.  Informatics for Health and Social Care, 2017 43:3, 320-333, DOI: 10.1080/17538157.2017.1297815

Valenta, A.L., Berner, E.S., Boren, S.A., Deckard, G.J. … Turner, A.M., Tusch, G., Williamson, J.J. and Johnson, S.B. AMIA Board White Paper: AMIA 2017 core competencies for applied health informatics education at the master’s degree level. JAMIA 18 Dec 1;25(12):1657-1668. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy132. PMID:3037186

Taylor, J.O., Turner, A.M., Hartzler, A.L., Osterhage, K.P., Demiris, G. Monitoring for change: the roles of friends and family in helping older adults manage personal health information. JAMIA. 2018 Aug 1; 25(8):989-999. Doi 10.1093/jamia/ocy037

Bekemeier B, Park S, Backonja U, Ornelas I, Turner AM. Data, capacity-building, and training needs to address rural health inequities in the Northwest United States: a qualitative study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2019 Aug 1;26(8-9):825-834. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocz037. PMID: 30990561; PMCID: PMC7647197.

 (Highlighted in AMIA Year in Review for key paper in the field of Public Health Informatics) 

Turner, A.M. Taylor, J.O.,  Hartzler, A.L., Osterhage, K.A., Bosold, A.L. Painter, I.S., Demeris, G. Personal health information management among healthy older adults: varying needs and approaches.  JAMIA (Special Diana Forsythe Issue ). 2020  28(2), 2021, 197–208doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocaa33.

Sharma, R, Teng, A, Asirot, M,Taylor JO, Borson, S, Turner, AM. Challenges and opportunities in conducting research  with older adults with dementia during Covid-19 and beyond.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 May;70(5):1306-1313. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17750. Epub 2022 Mar 21. PMID: 35285942; PMCID: PMC9106837