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David Gustafson, PhD


Research Professor,
Industrial and Systems Engineering,
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Dave Gustafson is Research Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He directs the National Cancer Institute designated Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications (, the National Program Office of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment and the Agency for Health Care Research and Policy’s Active Aging Research Center of Excellence.
His research focuses on the use of systems engineering methods and models in individual and organizational change, employing randomized trials (five ongoing) as a key evaluation strategy.
His individual change research focuses on developing and evaluating eHealth systems using as the test vehicle CHESS (the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System), a computer system delivered through laptop and mobile technology to help people facing serious health problems with a particular focus on cancer, asthma and addiction. His randomized trials of CHESS help understand acceptance, use and impact of eHealth on quality of life, behavior change and costs of care.
His research and development on organizational change aims at developing and evaluating strategies for promoting and sustaining improvement in behavioral health care and involves over 2700 treatment agencies and the single state agency (SSAs) in 36 states.  
Dave is a Fellow of the Association for Health Services Research, the American Medical Informatics Association and the Kellogg Foundation.  He is a Fellow and past Vice–Chair of the Board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  He also chaired the Federal Science Panel on Interactive Communications in Health and the eHealth Institute, served on several Institute of Medicine committees and led two national program offices of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.