I have been involved in the study and improvement of education with a special focus on emergency care practice for more than 30 years. My experience includes being a Government Expert for the US Department of Justice where I was responsible for evaluating the validity and reliability of emergency care practices in US training programs; R&D scientist for Samaritan Health Services (Phoenix, AZ) under contract with USDOT/NHTSA/EMS; Senior Consultant to Simon & Schuster (Prentice Hall/Brady) publishers tasked with supervising the development of their books and other educational materials directly related to emergency care practice; Senior Consultant to the American Red Cross where I researched and developed a new paradigm for emergency care instruction; co-Principal Investigator for several American Heart Association projects directly related to improving and assessing Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support skills and related patient outcomes; EMS advisor for the US Olympic Committee and Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway; and Research Dissemination Expert at the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly AHCPR) where I collaborated with associates to develop methodologies for disseminating targeted practice research findings to improve provider procedures and related outcomes.
As a researcher and teacher I have been a leader in the study and development of effective training without an instructor by demonstrating the value of a video-based self-instructional system an outcome that has been adopted by major CPR training organizations across the world. Since 2008 I have been Visiting Scholar and a leader of the Special Task Force on Reframing the System of Survival for Sudden Cardiac Arrest at University of Pennsylvania. I earned my BA and MS from The Pennsylvania State University and my PhD from University of Illinois in Health and Safety Education.