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Sara Locatelli, PhD


Dr. Locatelli is a Research Health Science Specialist at CINCCH.  Her research interests include patient-centered care; health information technology interest and preferences, and the impact of technology Dr. S. Locatelliusage; complications and secondary conditions of spinal cord injuries and disorders; weight management and obesity; and self-efficacy.  Her areas of expertise include program evaluation, meta-analysis, structural equation modeling, psychometric analysis and instrument development, and qualitative research methods.  Dr. Locatelli has served as a co-investigator in: the Center for Evaluation of Practices and Experiences of Patient-Centered Care (CEPEP; PI: LaVela), studies about weight management in spinal cord injury/disorders (SCI/D), function and quality of life in SCI/D, healthcare worker influenza vaccination, and healthcare worker comfort/tolerability while wearing filtering face-piece respirators.  She has served as co-PI in studies of preferences for using health information technology among Veterans, and current practices in weight management among Veterans with SCI/D.  Dr. Locatelli was recently awarded a Psychosocial Research Fellowship from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.  This fellowship will provide two years of funding and additional training in measurement development, item response theory, and Rasch analysis.  As part of this fellowship, Dr. Locatelli’s research will include creating a measure of self-efficacy for function in the SCI/D population.

Dr. Locatelli received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2011, conducting her dissertation research on media effects and decision-making.  Past honors include the Johnson Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student from the Psychology Department of Loyola University Chicago, and a Student Research Award from the Association for Psychological Science.  She serves as the Communication Liaison for the AcademyHealth Disability Research Interest Group.