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Renato Ferreira Leitao Azevedo

Graduate Hourly

Primary Affiliation

Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience

Affiliations

Status Graduate Student

Home Department of Educational Psychology

Phone 979-8957

Email razeved2@illinois.edu

Address 2414 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Biography

    Renato Ferreira Leitão Azevedo is a PhD Student in Educational Psychology (Cognitive Sciences of Teaching & Learning Division) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He holds a M.Sc. in Applied Statistics from UIUC, a M.Sc. in Accounting Education & Research from University of Sao Paulo (USP), B.S. in Information Systems and B.S. in Accounting. At UIUC he serves as Research Assistant at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and as Teaching Assistant (EPSY 456 - Human Performance and Cognition in Context). Within Cognitive Psychology, he has been working with Prof. Daniel Morrow, on the nature of complex human problem solving and learning. The current research projects aim to improve self-care (e.g. taking medications) and health outcomes among older adults. These interdisciplinary projects leverage expertise in computer science, medicine, human factors, and education to improve provider/patient collaboration related to self-care. He has further interest in investigating relationships among professional expertise, cognition, decision-making, risk perception, and workload in complex task domains such as accounting and behavioral economics.

  • Honors

    2020 Joseph H Smith Award ($750), Student Leadership Awards and Scholarships (SALAS), Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UIUC

    2020 Hardie Dissertation Award ($2000), College of Education, UIUC

    2020 Stand-Alone Tuition and Fee Waiver Award, College of Education, Spring, UIUC

    2019 Honorable Mention - Division 21 Poster Contest, American Psychological Association (APA), USA.

    2019 Best Leader and Most Active Member - Global Leaders: Orange & Blue Engagement (GLOBE), Fall, UIUC

    2019 Graduate Student Volunteer Award. Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP), UIUC

    2019 Best Leader, GLOBE Ambassador, and Most Active Member - Global Leaders: Orange & Blue Engagement (GLOBE), Spring, UIUC

    2019 Hardie Conference Travel Award - 2018/2019 (US$500), College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

    2018 Best Leader and Most Active Member - Global Leaders: Orange & Blue Engagement (GLOBE), UIUC
     
    2018 List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students, Fall 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)   
     
    2018 Outstanding Leadership Award - Global Leaders: Orange & Blue Engagement (GLOBE), UIUC
     
    2018 Certificate of Exceptional Service by a Graduate Student - Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP), UIUC
     
    2017-2018 Russell & Janet Zwoyer Scholarship ($1000), College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
     
    2017 Block Grant Award ($1300), Graduate College/College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
     
    2017 Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research ($3500), Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
     
    2017 Hardie Conference Travel Award - 2016/2017 (US$500), College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
     
    2017 List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students, Fall 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
     
    2016-2017 Inspiring Service Merit Award, Inspiring Service
     
    2016 Best conference paper - Division Accounting Education and Research, granted by the (Brazilian) National Association for Post-Graduation and Research in Administration (ANPAD), XL National Encounter of the Association for Post-Graduation and Research in Administration (XL EnAnpad), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
     
    2015 Hardie Conference Travel Award - 2015/2016 (US$500), Charles Dunn Hardie Endowment, the College of Education, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. 
     
    2015 Block Grant Award (US$110), Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
     
    2014 Block Grant Award (US$500), Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
     
    2013 Hardie Conference Travel Award (US$475), College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
     
    2013 Spring 2013 EPOL Conference Travel Award (US$500), EPOL, College of Education, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). 
     
    2013 Lemann Institute Student Travel Award (US$1000), Lemann Inst. for Brazilian Studies, CLACS (UIUC) 
     
    2012-2013 William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship (US$2000) – College of Education, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
  • Research

    One of our research projects is focused on helping patients understand and use health information presented through a ‘patient portal’ (electronic health record). Portals are intended to improve patient care by providing more access to health information when patients want it. However, portals have been used less than expected by older adults, in part because they are hard to use and the information is often hard to understand. We are focusing on patient understanding of numeric information such as test results. Patients often need to understand cholesterol and diabetes numbers and other test results in order to determine whether they are at risk for illness, compare treatments based on their risks and benefits, or make other health-related decisions. 

    Another research project is focused on support providers’ ability to educate patients about medication management and patients’ ability to accomplish this and other self-care goals at home. More specifically, we will develop tools integrated with Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems that automatically translate medication information in the EHR into language that patients can easily understand and use, and integrate this language into a computer agent (CA)-based medication adviser system that supports distributed collaboration between providers and patients.  

  • 2020

    • Morrow, D., Azevedo, R. F. L., Sari, L., Gu, K,. Sakakini, T., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Bhat, S., Graumlich, J. ., Huang, T. , Hariharan, A., Shao, A., & Cox, E.(2020, October). Closing the Loop in Computer Agent/Patient Communication. Proceedings of the 2020 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

    2019

    • Azevedo, R. F. L., Morrow, D. G., Graumlich, J., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T., Gu, K., Bhat, S., Sakakini, T., & Halpin, D. (2019, August). Conversational Agents as a Support for Older Adults Self-Care. Poster session at the 2019 American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago, IL.
    • Azevedo, R. F. L., Morrow, D., Gu, K., Huang, T., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Soni, P., Tang, S., Sakakini, T., Bhat, S., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., & Graumlich, J. (2019). The Influence of Computer Agent Characteristics on User Preferences in Health Contexts. Proceedings of the 2019 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Health Care Symposium, Chicago, IL.
    • Morrow, D. G., Azevedo, R. F. L., Graumlich, J., Bhat, S., Sakakini, T., Gu, K., Huang, T., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., & Halpin, D. (2019, August). Health Literacy Supports Older Adult Memory for Web-Based Health Information. Poster session at the 2019 American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago, IL.
    • Morrow, D., Azevedo, R. F. L., 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. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 25(1), 41-61.

    2018

    • Azevedo, R. F. L., & Morrow, D. G. (2018). Improving older adults’ comprehension and use of patient portal-based health information. In Pak, R., & McLaughlin, A. C. Aging, Technology and Health, Academic Press, 2018, 49-80. ISBN 9780128112724.
    • Azevedo, R. F. L., Morrow, D., Graumlich, J., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. S., Gu, K., Bhat, S., Sakakini, T., Sadauskas, V., & Halpin, D. J. (2018). Using conversational agents to explain medication instructions to older adults. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. San Francisco, CA: American Medical Informatics Association.
    • Azevedo, R.F.L., Morrow, D., Gu, K., Huang, T. S., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Graumlich, J., Sadauskas, V., Sakakini, T., Bhat, S., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., & Halpin, D. (2018, August). Evaluating computer agents for patient comprehension of medication information. Poster to be presented at the 126th American Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
    • Morrow, D., & Azevedo, R. F. L. (2018). Acquiring and Maintaining Expertise in Aging Populations. In: P. Ward, J. M. Schraagen, J. Gore, & E. Roth. The Oxford Handbook of Expertise. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

    2017

    • Azevedo, R. F. L., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Sadauskas, V., Sakakini, T., Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. S., Bhat, S., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., Halpin, D.J., Graumlich, J., & Schuh, W. (2017). Using computer agents to explain clinical test results. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. Washington, DC: American Medical Informatics Association.
    • Azevedo, R.F.L., Garcia-Retamero, R., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T., Schuh, W., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Yang, X. & Morrow, D. (2017, August). An interdisciplinary approach to improving patient portal messages. Poster to be presented at the 125th American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.
    • Malik, T., Azevedo, R. F. L., Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. S., Schuh, W., Gu, K., & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2017). Age Differences in Responding to Graphically Conveyed Health Risk Information. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61(1), 542-544.
    • Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. Schuh, W., Azevedo, R. F. L., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Roy, B. & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2017). A multidisciplinary approach to design and evaluating electronic medical record portal messages that support patient self-care. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 69, 63-74.
    • Sakakini, T., Azevedo, R.F.L., Sadauskas, V., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Bhat, S., Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T.S., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., Halpin, D.J., & Graumlich, J. (2017). Dr. Babel Fish: A Machine Translator to Simplify Providers' Language. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. Washington, DC: American Medical Informatics Association.

    2016

    • Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. Schuh, W., Garcia-Retamero, R., Azevedo, R. F. L., Gu, K., Zhang, Y. & Roy, B. (2016). Multimedia formats improve older adult comprehension of clinical test results: implications for patient portal design. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.

    2015

    • Azevedo, R. F. L., Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Gu, K., Soberal, D., Huang, T., Schuh, W., & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2015). Improving Patient Comprehension of Numeric Health Information. Proceedings from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) International Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.