Dr. Workman’s research interests mainly address how people obtain, process, and communicate biomedical information, and how discoveries in these areas can lead to improved patient outcomes, especially for underserved populations. She received a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2011, where she developed a novel algorithm that adaptively summarizes abstracts from the biomedical literature. Her postdoctoral work at the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health addressed several research areas, including information seeking behavior, automated knowledge discovery, data visualization, retrieval algorithms, and the semantic analysis of text. Currently, she works at the Biomedical Informatics Center at The George Washington University. Dr. Workman’s current research activities include applying methods in natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to clinical text. This has led to discoveries and insights in communication processes, including the identification of clinical sublanguages and other phenomena in communication. These findings have direct implications in patient care and reveal new, important areas of research. Her current work has especially focused on underserved populations in healthcare, especially the LGBTQI community. Dr. Workman and her colleagues have developed novel methodologies, as part of this research, to identify new risk factors in disease, identify patients at risk for suicide and self-harm and improve surveillance systems, understand temporal processes in disease pathologies, identify and extract symptoms, improve NLP tools, and increase insight into healthcare communications and processes.
Dr. Workman also has extensive interest in teaching and service. She has been a co-instructor in several workshops in natural language processing, statistical modeling, and artificial intelligence. She has mentored several students, a role which is especially dear to her.
Dr. Workman is the recipient of the Houtchens Award, awarded by the University of Utah School of Medicine, and a U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Health Award (awarded to the Eccles Health Sciences Library for her work in the goLocalUtah project). She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Beta Phi Mu honor societies.