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Kristen Webster, Ph.D.

Kristen is a postdoctoral research fellow who is jointly appointed at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Ph.D. in Human Factors, specializing in socio-cultural and communication applications. Her interests focus on improving patient safety by examining socio-cultural and communication process present within the health care system. She has focused on development and implementation of interventions to enhance communication, coordination and teamwork in health care settings.


  • Ph.D., Human Factors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.S., Human Factors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S., Aerospace Communications, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Pfeiffer University

Research and Publications



Evaluation of a Scientifically Developed Anesthesiology Handoff Protocol


  • Cohen, T. N., Cabrera, J. S., Sisk, O. D., Welsh, K. L., Abernathy, J. H., Reeves, S.T. … Boquet, A. J. (2016). Identifying workflow disruptions in the cardiovascular operating room. Anaesthesia, 71, 948–954. doi:10.1111/anae.13521
  • Webster, K.L.W. (2017). Framing egg donation: A dichotomous split. Health Communication,

Activities and Honors

  • TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Graduate Researcher of the Year, 2017
  • National Ergonomic Annual Competition, Bronze, 2016
  • CEO Entrepreneurship Business Pitch, Gold, 2016

Society and Professional Memberships

  • National Patient Safety Foundation
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Association of Psychological Science
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
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