Nursing Research

Meet the Associate Dean for Research

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Mollie R. Cummins, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Associate Dean for Research

Mollie R. Cummins, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor of nursing and the associate dean for research and the PhD Program in the College of Nursing. She was recently named a Presidential Scholar by the University of Utah, and she holds an additional appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. Dr. Cummins is a nationally known expert in biomedical and nursing informatics.  Her research has focused on the application of informatics tools and methodologies to advance health and healthcare, with a focus on informatics applications in poison control and toxicology.  Prior to her career in informatics, she practiced as an emergency nurse and family nurse practitioner.

Dr. Cummins has made numerous scholarly contributions in informatics, and leads an award-winning program of research related to the induction of knowledge models for clinical decision support and informatics applications in poison control. She serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, the intramural research division of the National Library of Medicine. She is Past President of the Utah Nursing Informatics Network and previously served as an elected member of the national steering committee of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics.

At University of Utah, Dr. Cummins is leading an AHRQ funded study to develop and evaluate a health information exchange process for emergency departments and poison control centers, and leads a related ONC funded contract that is implementing a new model of poison control center information exchange throughout the state of Utah. She is a co-investigator on the PRISMS informatics center, an NIBIB funded project that is enabling integration of sensor data into biomedical research focused on environmental exposures and pediatric asthma. She also serves as a biomedical informatics lead for the University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science.