Alexis Battista


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Simulation-Based Learning
Clinical Reasoning
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PhD, George Mason University


Alexis Battista is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Programs for Health Professions Education in the Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Psychology and Research Methods in 2015 from the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. In addition, she has 15 years’ experience designing, managing, and implementing simulation-based learning activities in the undergraduate and post-graduate health professions education setting, including extensive experience with simulation-based interprofessional education and patient safety efforts. She teaches courses on simulation-based learning and qualitative and mixed method research design. Her research and program evaluations focus on understanding how simulation-based learning supports learning and the development of clinical reasoning, simulation-based instructional practices, and simulation-based research and evaluation methods.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Chair, Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education Program Admissions Committee

Member, National Capital Region Simulation Center Consortium (NCRSC)

Vice-Chair, Internal Relations Committee, Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Chairman’s Award, Internal Relations Committee, Society for Simulation in Healthcare [2017]

Outstanding Dissertation Award, George Mason University, College of Education and Human Development [2015]

Dissertation Fellowship Scholarship, George Mason University [2014]


Battista A. An activity theory perspective of how scenario-based simulations support learning: A descriptive analysis. Advances in Simulation [In Press]

Nestel D, Roche J, Battista A. Creating a quality improvement culture in standardized/simulated patient methodology: the role of professional societies. Advances in Simulation. 2(18): 105-09. 2017 [editorial]

Sanko J, Battista A. Embedded standardized participants as learner engagers: Often overlooked, but vitally important champions of simulation. In C. Foisy Doll & K. Leighton (Eds.), Simulation Champions: Courage, Caring, and Connection. Wolters Kluwer. 2017 [book chapter]

Battista A. Activity Theory and Analyzing Learning in Simulations. Simulation & Gaming. 46(2): 187-196. 2015. [article]

Bruce AN, Battista A, Plankey MW, Johnson LB, Blair Marshall M. Perceptions of gender-based discrimination during surgical training and practice. Medical Education Online. 20(0). 2015. [article]

Malekzadeh S, Malloy KM, Chu EE, Tompkins J, Battista A, Deutsch ES. ORL emergencies boot camp: Using simulation to onboard residents. The Laryngoscope. 121(10): 2114-2121. 2011. [article]

Auguste TC, Boswick JA, Loyd MK, Battista A. The simulation of an ex utero intrapartum procedure to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 46(2): 395-398. 2011. [article]