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.

Awards, Honors, Associations

Member, Risk Communication Advisory Committee, Food & Drug Administration, 2012 - 2017

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


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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.


Morrow, D., Ferreira Leitao Azevedo, R., Garcia-Retamero, R., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T., Schuh, W., Gu, K., & Zhang, Y. (2019). Contextualizing numeric clinical test results for gist comprehension: Implications for EHR patient portals. American Psychological Association, 25 (1), 41-61.  link >

Chin, J., Moeller,, D., Johnson, J., Duwe, E., Graumlich, J., Murray, M., & Morrow, D. (2017). A multi-faceted approach to promote comprehension of online health information among older adults. Oxford.  link >

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

Morrow, D., & Fischer, U. (2013). Communication in socio-technical systems. Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering ( pp. 178-199). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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, 11 347-362.

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, 33 1023-1032.

Nokes-Malach, T., Meade, M., & Morrow, D. (2012). Expertise and collaborative decision making. Thinking & Reasoning, 18 32-58.

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, 16 222-241.

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, 191-194.

Morrow, D., & Wilson, E. (2010). Medication adherence among older adults: a systems perspective. Aging in America Volume II: Physical and Mental Health ( pp. 211-239). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.


Supporting Comprehension and Decision-making among Older Adults with Low Health Literacy but High Self-Care Needs (2012). North Carolina State University.

Impact of Automation, Task and Context Features on Pilots' Perception of Human-Automation Interaction. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting (2012).

Medtable: An EMR-Based Tool to Support Collaborative Planning for Medication Use (2012).: Baltimore, MD.

Reading engagement offsets declines in processing capacity for health literacy (2012). Human Factors & Ergonomics Society: Santa Monica.

Medtable: An EMR-Based Tool to Support Collaborative Planning for Medication Use (2011). Human Factors & Ergonomics Society: Santa Monica.

The effects of domain general and health knowledge in processing general and health texts among older adults with hypertension (2011). Human Factors & Ergonomics Society: Santa Monica.

Toward a Human-Automation Relationship Taxonomy (2011).


Co-Principal Investigator, The Senior Odyssey: A Lab-to-Life Translation, National Institutes of Health, 2004 - 2006


Editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, American Psychological Association, 2017 - 2021

Associate Editor, Journal of Human Factors, 2014 - 2016

Member, Risk Communication Advisory Committee, Food and Drug Administration, Food and Drug Administration, 2012 - 2016

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

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

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

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

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


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.


Human Perform & Cogn in Contxt (EPSY 456) 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.

Human Factors in HCES (EPSY 546) Provides an overview of research that applies theories and methods from human factors and cognitive science to analyze the sources of these problems and to develop and evaluate design and training interventions to help providers and patients successfully navigate heath care systems. An introduction to problems and accidents in health care related to human factors is followed by an overview of concepts and methods from the fields of human factors and cognitive science.

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