Julia E. Szymczak, PhD

Assistant Professor

Julia E. Szymczak is an assistant professor of epidemiology and medicine (infectious diseases), and a senior scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a medical sociologist who specializes in the social and cultural dynamics of healthcare work. Her current research focuses on the nonclinical factors that shape antibiotic prescribing and the social factors that influence success in antibiotic stewardship. She regularly collaborates with the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) at CHOP.

Julia received her PhD in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Infectious Diseases at CHOP. Her research utilizes qualitative methodology (particularly ethnography) to uncover the mediating social conditions that shape the delivery of patient care in different clinical settings. Her research interests include infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, work and organizations, patient safety, quality improvement and implementation science. She has received funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Division. Her research has appeared in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, The Milbank Quarterly, JAMA Pediatrics and Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Contact Dr. Szymczak at 215-898-1793 or szymczakj@email.chop.edu.

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