Who are we?

What is HFTH?

The Human Factors Transforming Healthcare network is a group of HF practitioners embedded in hospitals and health systems around the world. The network grew from a recognized need for something outside of panel presentations and happy hours at annual conferences. The same questions kept being asked, what does this job look like? What
resources do we need? What projects have we each worked on? This relentless pursuit of improving healthcare extends to those who want to get into this work, those who want to hire them, and those who will mentor them.

What can HFTH do for me?

The goal of HFTH is to provide resources for HF practitioners, providers, and hospitals looking to successfully apply HF principles in their organizations. However, our hope is that this network will also provide resources to those who may be considering a career in HF, such as students, faculty, industry partners, and more.


For HF practitioners already embedded in their own institutions, the network should be a place where ideas and projects can be discussed with their peers. Faculty and students may find internship opportunities, shared research projects, and networking opportunities. Hospital staff may find job descriptions, ROI for embedded practitioners, and guest lecture opportunities useful.


Hopefully, there is something for anyone. And if there is something missing, please feel free to reach out to us below or in the Contact section.

Our Mission

To catalyze transformative and sustainable changes in global healthcare by enculturating applied human factors.

Our Vision

Serve as international leaders in providing support, collaboration, and professional expertise for Human Factors practitioners in healthcare.


Our Objectives

For Healthcare Human Factors Practitioners:

  • Healthcare Human Factors (HHF)

  • Provide a peer-mentoring platform for new HF embedded hires

  • Be a space for peer-to-peer networking and advice

  • Provide role positioning advice

  • Present project specific advice

  • Prepare HF change management

  • Give HF presentation/education resources

  • Create periodic, scheduled touch-bases with members

  • Be a repository of projects, data, and presentation slides 

For Organizations:

  • Provide guidance to organizations looking to hire and embed HF resources within their organization

  • Create resources demonstrating how HF science is best implemented in healthcare

  • Show where HF professionals have been employed in the healthcare setting (e.g., Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, HealthIT)

  • Explain the benefits of in-house HF expertise

  • Assist to transform safety culture through HF training

  • General references for HF job descriptions, explaining the purpose and benefits of embedded HHF professionals

For HF Students

  • Provide career preparation advice for HF students

  • ​Offer HF review

  • Provide one-on-one mentor-ship

  • Grant access to lectures and seminars

  • Prepare students for career networking opportunities

  • Equip students with advice on career transition and planning

For HF Professionals & Collaborators:

  • Connect HF Professionals (e.g., academic faculty, medical device designers, HF Joint Commission staff) with HHF Practitioners for:

    • Collaboration

    • Research opportunities

    • Student internship opportunities

    • Seminar and guest lectures

Meet Our Founding Board


A. Joy Rivera, Ph.D

Froedtert Health, WI

Executive Director of Patient Safety

HFTH Membership Chair

Joy is facilitating the transition to a proactive harm-reducing safety program at Froedtert. Her primary goals are to promote the tenets of a High Reliability Organization, create active direction toward patient safety practices and promote continuous process improvements to reduce errors.

Andrea is an embedded Human Factors Engineer, where her role involves providing expertise through the application of human factors tools and methodologies, focusing on the prevention of patient and employee safety issues.

Brandan Kennedy, MD

Children's Mercy Hospital, MO

Hospitalist & Associate Chief Medical Information Officer

Brandan is a pediatric hospitalist, with a focus on Medical Informatics and an exuberance for embedded Human Factors within pediatric medicine.

Laurie Wolf, Ph.D

Carilion Medical Center, VA

Human Factors Implementation Director

Laurie is an HF scientist dedicated to understanding human capabilities and limitations in order to design work environments, processes, and equipment that make it easy to do the right thing and difficult to do the wrong thing within the healthcare setting.

Adjhaporn (Nana) Khunlertkit, Ph.D

Bumrungrad International Hospital, Thailand

Division Director, Business Process Transformation

HFTH Events Chair

Nana oversees the office of patient safety and applies human factors concepts to improve all aspects of hospital operations, including enhancing patient safety and increasing efficiency within the hospital.

Y. Raymond Chan, MD, MS

Children's Mercy Hospital, MO

Hospitalist & Human Factors Physician Scientist

HFTH Secretary - Treasurer

Ray is a pediatric hospitalist whose passion for improving healthcare for children led him to obtain his Masters in Ergonomics/Human Factors in 2018. He is currently working to implement HF principals within his institution's processes.

Eryn Godwin, BA

Children's Mercy Hospital, MO

Human Factors Research Assistant

HFTH Public Relations Chair

Eryn is newer to the field of human factors, her focuses are implementing quality UX and user-centered design within her institution. She has also designed and constructed this website for your usage and education.

James Won, Ph.D

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

Human Factors Program Manager

James leads the human factors program at CHOP as part of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics. His work spans across a wide variety of initiatives, with the goal of implementing human factors to improve safety and performance throughout every aspect of the hospital.


Ken is an applied research practitioner who has spent more than 15 years working in hospitals with healthcare professionals to improve safety and performance in acute care.

Russell McCulloh, MD

University of Nebraska Children's Hospitals, NE

Division Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Rusty is a pediatric physician working to implement HF principals and HF validated research into his clinical workflow and practice.

Sarah Fouquet, Ph.D

Children's Mercy Hospital, MO

Human Factors Scientist & Program Director

HFTH President

Sarah is an embedded Human Factors practitioner using applied HF methods, and system-based approaches to solutions. Her current focus is on workflow analysis, teamwork, and culture.

SQ specializes in applying HF principles, knowledge, and methodologies in applicative research and solution planning. He has designed products and user interfaces, as well as developed sociotechnical system processes.

Yushi Yang, Ph.D

Johns Hopkins Health System, MD

Human Factors Specialist

Yushi is a Human Factors Specialist in the operations team at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. He utilizes his expertise in human factors to analyze, design and evaluate solutions to address patient safety issues and health IT safety concerns across the Johns Hopkins Health System.

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