Laura Jones, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a medical anthropologist studying communication and teambuilding among human primates, specifically operating room staff. Because social rank is so clearly defined in biomedicine and because the risks/rewards of surgery are so great, this is an optimal environment for studying conflict and conflict resolution. Prior to this fellowship, I held another in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine. I spent two years studying culture change in an intensive care unit.

In graduate school at Rice University, I explored the paradoxical convergence of evolutionary medicine and the medicalization of the body advocated by some proponents of cycle-stopping contraception.

Selected Publications

Jones, L., Franklin, A., Kannampallil, T., and Buchman, T. G. (2013). The effects of structuring rounds on clinical efficiency. In V. L. Patel, D. R. Kaufman, & T. Cohen (Eds.), Cognitive informatics in health and biomedicine: Case studies on critical care, complexity and errors. Springer: In Press.
Jones, L. (2011). Anthropological fantasies in the debate over cycle-stopping contraception. Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 40, 127-148.
Kannampallil, T., Jones, L., Buchman, T., & Franklin, A. (2011). Last patients finish last: End of round time compression during CT ICU clinical rounds. Critical Care Medicine, 39, 176. doi:10.1097/01.ccm.0000408627.24229.88

Last updated: Sep 19, 2013