Alexis Battista, PhD

Alexis Battista, PhD

Alexis Battista

Name: Alexis Battista, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Dept. of Medicine
Position: USU Staff
Title: Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Room: Bldg. 53 Rm. 25

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Dr. Battista is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education at the Uniformed Services University. She received her PhD from George Mason University with an emphasis in educational psychology and research methods. Dr. Battista is a retired Paramedic with experience practicing in the pre-hospital emergency medicine, occupational health, and critical care transport medicine settings. Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Battista supported the development and management of two simulation centers that provided simulation-based education and training for diverse health professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, flight teams, pastoral care providers) from numerous clinical specializations (e.g., emergency medicine, surgery, critical care).

Visit Dr. Battista's Google Scholar Page and ResearchGate Page.

Research Interests

Dr. Battista’s research program focuses on improving the way simulations are designed and employed to help educators and program directors make practical, yet informed, decisions about integrating simulation-based learning strategies into health professions curricula. Dr. Battista also supports research efforts in her role as a research methodologist. Some of her current research, includes:

  • Analyzing how different types of simulation contexts influence how and what students learn (e.g., scenario based vs. procedurally based, live scenario vs. video-based scenarios)
  • Examining which simulation-based instructional strategies best support student’s learning (e.g., faculty providing support during simulation practice, integration of think aloud reflections in lieu of guided reflection)


Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research Design
  • Experimental Reserach Design
  • Activity and Gestural Analysis
  • Video Analysis
  • Sociocultural Theories of Learning (e.g., Activity Theory, Communities of Practice Theory)
  • Self-Regulated Learning (SRL)
  • Program Evaluation
  • Case Study Design
  • Simulation-Based Curriculum Design
  • Scenario-Based Simulation Instructional Design 


  • HPE Courses
    • Foundations of Mixed-Methods Research
    • Advanced Mixed-Methods Research
    • Advanced Qualitative Research
    • Foundations of Systems Thinking
  • Simulation Workshops
    • Simulation in Health Professions Education: An Introduction
    • Foundations of Simulation Design Workshop
    • Foundations of Instructional Practices in Simulation-Based Learning
    • Foundations of Reflection, Guidance, and Feedback in Simulation-Based Learning

Select Publications

  1. Ohmer M, Konopasky A, Durning, S, Ramani D, Nealeigh, M, Kucera W, Ordway S, Mellor T, Mikita J, Battista A. Clinical reasoning in the inpatient setting: A standardized patient case for residents and attendings. (In Press)
  2. O’Brien B, Battista A. Situated learning theory in health professions education research: A scoping review. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2019
  3. Battista A, Konopasky A, Ramani D, Ohmer M, Mikita J, Howle A, Krajnik S, Torre D, Durning S. Clinical Reasoning in the Primary Care Setting: Two Scenario-Based Simulations for Residents and Attendings. 14:10773. 2018
  4. Cevero R, Battista A, Schreiber-Gregory D, Konopasky A, Torre D, Maggio L, Boulet J, Reamy B, Durning S. Uniformed Services University women’s enrollment and career choices in military medicine: A retrospective descriptive analysis. Military Medicine. 2018
  5. Battista A. An activity theory perspective of how scenario-based simulations support learning: A descriptive analysis. Advances in Simulation. 2(1): 23. 2017. 
  6. Battista A. Activity Theory and Analyzing Learning in Simulations. Simulation & Gaming. 46(2): 187-196. 2015. 
  7. Bruce AN, Battista A, Plankey MW, Johnson LB, Blair Marshall M. Perceptions of gender-based discrimination during surgical training and practice. Medical Education Online. 20(0). 2015. 
  8. Malekzadeh S, Malloy KM, Chu EE, Tompkins J, Battista A, Deutsch ES. ORL emergencies boot camp: Using simulation to onboard residents. The Laryngoscope. 121(10): 2114-2121. 2011. 
  9. Auguste TC, Boswick JA, Loyd MK, Battista A. The simulation of an ex utero intrapartum procedure to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 46(2): 395-398. 2011.
  10. Battista A, Nestel D. Simulation in Medical Education. In T. Swanwick, K. Forrest & B. O’Brien (Eds)  Understanding Medical Education, 3rd Edition (December 14, 2018)