Laurie Lovett Novak, PhD, MHSA, FAMIA

Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Office Address
2525 West End Ave
Room / Suite
Nashville, TN

Laurie Novak, PhD, MHSA, is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. She is an anthropologist specializing in the cultural intersection of technology and everyday life and work. Current projects focus on the implementation of AI in medicine, consent practices in biobanking, the development of conceptual resources and technology for understanding technology use in everyday contexts, and the experience of chronic illness and caregiving in everyday life. Other areas of interest include the social construction of risk and safety among clinicians and patients, and strategies employed by clinicians to create safety and time during the implementation of new technology. In the biomedical informatics training program, Dr. Novak teaches social science methods in multiple courses, and a Fall seminar: BMIF 7350: Technology & Society.

Dr. Novak received a BA in finance from Murray State University, MHSA in health management and policy from the University of Michigan, and PhD in medical and organizational anthropology from Wayne State University.