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 at the Uniformed Services University (USU) for the Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education. She received her PhD from George Mason University, with a major emphasis in educational psychology and a minor emphasis in research methods.  Dr. Battista also specializes in researching, designing, and implementing simulation-based learning for diverse healthcare specializations, including physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, in the undergraduate and postgraduate setting.

Research Interests

Dr. Battista’s research program focuses on understanding how simulations support learning in order to help healthcare stakeholders make informed decisions about design, sequencing, and assessment.  She also researches faculty instructional practices in both skills-based and scenario-based simulations in order to advance the understanding of how instructional practices contribute to learning in simulation-based learning activities.


  • Advanced Qualitative Research Design, USU
  • Mixed Method Research, USU
  • Healthcare Systems Analysis Seminar, USU

Areas of Expertise

  • Simulation-based learning 
  • Simulation-based instructional design
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Mixed-methods research design and methods
  • Medical specialty in pre-hospital emergency medicine

Select Publications

Battista, A. (2015). Activity theory and analyzing learning in simulation. Simulation & Gaming. doi: 10.1177/1046878115598481

Bruce, A. N., Battista, A., Plankey, M. W., Johnson, L. B., & Marshall, M. B. (2015). Perceptions of gender-based discrimination during surgical training and practice. Medical Education Online, 20.

Malekzadeh, S., Malloy, K., Chu, E., Tompkins, J. & Battista, A., Deutsch.  (2011) ORL emergencies boot camp: Using simulation to onboard residents.  Laryngoscope.  121(10).  Pg. 2114-2121.

Auguste, T., Boswick, A, Loyd, M., & Battista, A. (2011). The simulation of an ex-utero intrapartum procedure to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery 4(2), Pg. 395-398.