Biography

I am chair and professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and full time faculty member at the Beckman Institute. I also have zero-time appointments in the Psychology and the ISE Departments.

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Awards, Honors, Associations

President Divsion 21 (Applied Experimental Psychology)American Psychological Association, 2012 - 2013

MemberRisk Communication Advisory CommitteeFood & Drug Administration, 2012 - present

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Research & Service

Prof. Morrow’s research focuses on learning, cognition, and communication in complex task domains such as health care and aviation, with a focus on aging. Current projects investigate the impact of health literacy (and cognition more broadly) on older adults’ comprehension of information needed to self-manage chronic illness. Focusing on older adults with hypertension, Prof. Morrow’s group has found that lower health literacy reflects lower levels of processing capacity (such as working memory) and knowledge (related to language and health). Processing capacity limits impair specific processes involved in understanding information needed to self-manage hypertension, such as recognizing longer and uncommon words and integrating concepts into a representation of the message. However, high levels of knowledge can offset these processing capacity limits to improve memory for self-care information. In a recent study, they redesigned self-care information found on commonly used websites in order to reduce comprehension demands on processing capacity and support the use of knowledge. Older adults better remembered the redesigned information compared to the original web-based information.
Morrow’s group has also leveraged technology to support self-care among older adults with chronic illness. They developed a computer-based tool to help nurses collaborate with older adults who have complex medication regimens in order to help the patients learn how to take their medications. A current study is evaluating whether the tool improves medication knowledge and adherence. Prof. Morrow is also collaborating with engineering faculty at UIUC to explore whether older adults better understand numeric health information (such as cholesterol test results) available in patient portals when the information is delivered by a computer-based agent, compared to typical numeric formats used in portals.

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Publications

Chin, J., Payne, B., Gao, X., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J., Murray, M., Stine-Morrow, E., & Morrow, D. (2015) Knowledge Influences Comprehension and Memory for Health Information among Older Adults: Distinguishing the Effects of Domain-General and Domain-Specific Knowledge Memory 23 (4), 577-589

Morrow, D. (2013) Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Vol 8 Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (Sage Publishing)

Morrow, D., & Fischer, U. (2013) Communication in socio-technical systems. Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering Oxford University Press: New York, NY

Morrow, D., McKeever, S., Chin, C., Madison, A., Davis, K., Wilson, E., Kaiser, D., Wolf, M., Conner-Garcia, T., & Graumlich, J. (2012) An EMR-Based Tool to Support Collaborative Planning for Medication Use among Adults with Diabetes: A Multi-Site Randomized Control Trial Contemporary Clinical Trials

Morrow, D., D'Andrea, L., Stine-Morrow, E., Shake, M., Gao, S., Chin, J., Bertel, S., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J., & Murray, M. (2012) Comprehension processes in multimedia health information Visual Communication

Nokes-Malach, T., Meade, M., & Morrow, D. (2012) Expertise and collaborative decision making Thinking & Reasoning

Morrow, D., & Durso, F. (2011) Patient Safety Research that Works: Introduction to the Special Issue on Human Performance and Health Care. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 17

Chin, J., Morrow, D., Stine-Morrow, E., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J., & Murray, M. (2011) The process-knowledge model of health literacy: Evidence from a componential analysis of two commonly used measures Journal of Health Communication

Morrow, D., & Wilson, E. (2010) Medication adherence among older adults: a systems perspective. Aging in America Volume II: Physical and Mental Health Praeger: Santa Barbara, CA

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Grants

Co-Principal InvestigatorThe Senior Odyssey: A Lab-to-Life Translation, National Institutes of Health, 9/1/2004 12:00:00 AM - 6/30/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Service

MemberRisk Communication Advisory Committee, Food and Drug Administration, Food and Drug Administration, 2012 - 2016

PresidentDivision 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2012 - 2013

EditorReviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 8, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2011 - 2013

Associate EditorJournal of Experimental Psychology Applied, American Psychological Association, 2009 - 2013

President-ElectDivision 21: Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2011 - 2012

EditorJournal of Experimental Psychology Applied Special Issue on Health Care, American Psychological Association, 2010 - 2011

Teaching

I teach courses related to how human performance and cognition influence how people interact with technology. Currently, I am teaching EPSY 456 (Human Performance and Cognition in Context), which is cross-listed with the Psychology and the ISE departments.

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Courses

Human Performance and Cognition in Context Theories and findings from cognitive science and related disciplines concerning human information processing mechanisms and capacities are covered, with an emphasis on how understanding people's perceptual and cognitive strengths and limitations can inform decisions about teaching/training strategies and designing technological environments to suit people's needs and abilities. Course Information: Same as AVI 456, IE 445, and PSYC 456. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or PSYC 103 or consent of instructor.

Daniel Morrow

Department Chair, Educational Psychology

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210B Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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