Professor in Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems; Adjunct Professor Department of Surgery, Vascular Division, School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor Department of Health Services, School of Public Health; Adjunct Professor Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics; and Co-Director Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research.
Dr. Zierler's research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes- at both the patient and system level. In collaboration with other scholars and clinicians in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, she created an interdisciplinary work group that developed appropriate and specific health outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness of a coordinated approach in care delivery for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Her previous research supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Patient Safety Grant) focused on the implementation and evaluation of a system- supported VTE Safety Toolkit. The Toolkit has been disseminated nationally for the purpose of improving the quality and safety of care. As co- principle investigator of a Macy Foundation-funded study (with Brian Ross, MD, PhD,) Dr. Zierler leads a group of interprofessional faculty and students in the development of a simulation-based, team training program to improve collaborative interprofessional communication both within teams and with patients. Her team will conduct a validation study of the impact of a simulation- based team training program on students' interprofessional communication skills as measured by an innovative web-based assessment tool. In addition, Dr. Zierler and team will prepare the validated training program for dissemination to other health sciences schools by creating an exportable "Interprofessional Training Toolkit."
Dr. Zierler is Co-Director of the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies masters program. She currently leads a HRSA- training grant focusing on faculty development in the use of technology. Dr. Zierler was a fellow in the RWJ Nurse Executive Program (2008 cohort). Dr. Zierler is the Associate Director of the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies in the School of Medicine