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Lisa D. DiMartino, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. School of Public Health with a background in implementation science and health services research.  Dr. DiMartino has expertise in examining multi-level factors associated with adoption of evidence-based interventions across a wide variety of health care settings.  She uses a combination of research methodologies in her work, from mixed methods and qualitative evaluations to analysis of complex datasets using advanced statistical methods.  Dr. DiMartino earned her BA in Psychology, MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, and PhD in Health Policy and Management, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. DiMartino is interested in cross-departmental collaborative research related to applying implementation science principles, with a goal of improving care for patients with cancer and other chronic diseases. She also has a background in palliative oncologic care research. For example, she recently led a pilot project that used natural language processing (NLP) and electronic health record data to identify hospitalized cancer patients in need of palliative care. She aims to further this research by developing, testing, and implementing an NLP-based strategy to improve care delivery for cancer patients.  In addition to cancer and palliative care, Dr. DiMartino has been part of implementation science studies addressing the needs of people with conditions such as sickle cell disease, HIV, and tobacco dependence.    

Dr. DiMartino is currently a Co-Investigator for the Coordinating Center for the NCI Beau Biden Cancer MoonshotTM Initiative Improving Management of Symptoms During and Following Cancer Treatment (IMPACT) consortium.  Prior to joining UT Southwestern, she was an Implementation Scientist at RTI International, where she served as Co-Investigator for the Coordinating Center for the NHLBI-funded Sickle Cell Disease Implementation Consortium, among other projects. 

Research Interest

  • Cancer
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Implementation Science
  • Mixed-Methods Research
  • Palliative Care


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Implementation of Mobile Health to Improve the Uptake of Hydroxyurea in Patients With Sickle Cell Disease: Mixed Methods Study.
Badawy SM, DiMartino L, Brambilla D, Klesges L, Baumann A, Burns E, DeMartino T, Jacobs S, Khan H, Nwosu C, Shah N, Hankins JS, JMIR Form Res 2022 Oct 6 10 e41415
Identification of Uncontrolled Symptoms in Cancer Patients Using Natural Language Processing.
DiMartino L, Miano T, Wessell K, Bohac B, Hanson LC, J Pain Symptom Manage 2022 Apr 63 4 610-617
Integration of Mobile Health Into Sickle Cell Disease Care to Increase Hydroxyurea Utilization: Protocol for an Efficacy and Implementation Study.
Hankins JS, Shah N, DiMartino L, Brambilla D, Fernandez ME, Gibson RW, Gordeuk VR, Lottenberg R, Kutlar A, Melvin C, Simon J, Wun T, Treadwell M, Calhoun C, Baumann A, Potter MB, Klesges L, Bosworth H, JMIR Res Protoc 2020 Jul 9 7 e16319
The impact of two triggered palliative care consultation approaches on consult implementation in oncology.
DiMartino LD, Weiner BJ, Hanson LC, Weinberger M, Birken SA, Reeder-Hayes K, Trogdon JG, Healthc (Amst) 2019 Mar 7 1 38-43
The sickle cell disease implementation consortium: Translating evidence-based guidelines into practice for sickle cell disease.
DiMartino LD, Baumann AA, Hsu LL, Kanter J, Gordeuk VR, Glassberg J, Treadwell MJ, Melvin CL, Telfair J, Klesges LM, King A, Wun T, Shah N, Gibson RW, Hankins JS, Am J Hematol 2018 Dec 93 12 E391-E395
Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation and 30-Day Readmissions in Oncology.
DiMartino LD, Weiner BJ, Hanson LC, Weinberger M, Birken SA, Reeder-Hayes K, Trogdon JG, J Palliat Med 2018 Jan 21 1 62-68
The influence of formal and informal policies and practices on health care innovation implementation: A mixed-methods analysis.
DiMartino LD, Birken SA, Hanson LC, Trogdon JG, Clary AS, Weinberger M, Reeder-Hayes K, Weiner BJ, Health Care Manage Rev 2018 43 3 249-260
Do palliative care interventions reduce emergency department visits among patients with cancer at the end of life? A systematic review.
DiMartino LD, Weiner BJ, Mayer DK, Jackson GL, Biddle AK, J Palliat Med 2014 Dec 17 12 1384-99

Honors & Awards

  • Highly Published Author Award
    from RTI International (2021-2021)
  • Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Fellowship
    from National Institutes of Health (2018-2018)
  • Highly Published Author Award
    from RTI International (2017-2017)
  • Cancer Control Education Program Pre- Doctoral Fellowship
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (2015-2017)
  • Cancer Outcomes Research Program Travel Award
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (2015-2015)
  • University Cancer Research Fund Award
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (2013-2014)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (2020)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (2016-2021)
  • AcademyHealth (2015)