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Adriana Arcia is Professor of Nursing at the University of San Diego and Associate Professor of Nursing at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Arcia’s research is focused on the use of information visualization to support comprehension of personal health information. She has conducted pioneering research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association on the use of tailored infographics to meet the health information needs of populations with low health literacy and limited English proficiency. Using systematic, replicable approaches, she has identified key format- and domain-specific characteristics that affect a visualization’s comprehensibility. Together with colleagues, Dr. Arcia has created the informatics tools necessary to generate tailored infographics and make them widely available to the community-based organizations and clinicians that need them most. In 2013, she received the Harriet H. Werley Award at the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium for leading the paper making the greatest contribution that year to advancing the field of nursing informatics.

Dr. Arcia received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Davidson College, her BSN from Pace University, her PhD from the University of Miami, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University School of Nursing.


Adriana Arcia


Associate Professor and Professor

Columbia University and University of San Diego

New York

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