Joined September 2012

Ashleigh Shier

Human Factors Specialist

Healthcare Human Factors

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Who Inspires you? Why?

Scientists dedicated to their trade regardless of receiving minimal recognition in life, such as Rosalind Franklin and Alan Turing.

What book, film, or piece of art would you like everyone to see?

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – hilarious and educational.

What is your favorite part about the work culture here at the Centre?

The Centre is passionate about improving healthcare, and it is a privilege to be in a place of work where everyone shares a common vision.


Professional Bio

Ashleigh first joined Healthcare Human Factors in 2010 as an Industrial Engineering PEY student, and returned in 2012 as a Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Cafazzo. Her Master’s thesis project focused on designing a novel radiotherapy monitoring and delivery interface using the ecological interface design method. The interface design aimed to better support user situation awareness, and to thus prevent patient safety errors. In a comparative study with a currently used system, radiotherapists were able to detect more critical patient safety errors with the redesigned system.
Ashleigh is passionate about clinical engineering and its role in enhancing patient safety. She is particularly interested in good design and advocating for user-centered design practices in medical device and health IT creation. Ashleigh has been involved in projects including the design and development of patient support apps, the design of a mobile clinical collaboration system, and the evaluation of smart infusion pumps and health IT systems.