About Dr. Toscos

Dr. Toscos holds a PhD in Informatics from Indiana University, Bloomington where she focused on Human Computer Interaction Design. She also completed a Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis and worked as a Registered Dietitian prior to completing training in computer science.

As a Research Scientist and Manager of Informatics Research at Parkview Research Center, Dr. Toscos leads an interdisciplinary team focused on finding optimal ways to leverage health information technologies to empower patients to effectively manage their health. In the past four years at Parkview, she has built the Informatics Research group from the ground up while managing a portfolio of 25 projects and approximately $2 million in external funding. Dr. Toscos has been a PI and co-PI on grants from AHRQ, PCORI, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as numerous drug and device companies. Her publications have garnered awards from ACM SIGCHI, the PervasiveHealth conference, the International Medical Informatics Association, and the iSchools Organization.

Education

Health Services Research Fellowship
Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis, IN
2011 – 2013

Ph.D., Informatics
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2011

M.S., Applied Computer Science
Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
2002

Dietetic Internship
James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, FL
1989

B.S., Nutrition & Dietetics
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1988

Academic Work Experience

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN

Adjunct Assistant Professor – School of Informatics & Computing
2017 – Present

Visiting Assistant Professor – School of Informatics & Computing
2015 – 2017

Adjunct Assistant Professor – School of Informatics & Computing
2014 – 2015

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN

Assistant Professor – Nursing Department
2011 – 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor – Nursing Department
2009 – 2011

Visiting Assistant Professor – Nursing Department
2002 – 2008

Graduate Assistant  – Computer Science Department
2000 – 2002

Research Experience

Parkview Health Mirro Center for Research & Innovation, Fort Wayne, IN

August 2014 – Present

Informatics Research Scientist, Team Manager

  • Built and manage research team of 10 people
  • Support Health Systems initiatives in Informatics, specifically in patient engagement through the personal health record
  • Design and implement study protocols
  • Identify and develop grant applications
  • Disseminate study findings via publications and presentations
Intel Research Seattle, Seattle, WA

Summer 2006 & 2007

Research Intern, Intel Digital Simplicity Group
Mentor: Sunny Consolvo, Ph.D.

  • Participated in the design and implementation of a mobile phone application
    intended to increase users’ awareness of their level of physical activity
  • Assisted with qualitative analysis of interview data, coding of forum postings,
    and recruitment of survey participants