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Ashley Kay Childers, PhD, CPHQ

Dr. Ashley Childers Lecturer
Course Coordinator

General Engineering
B01 Holtzendorff Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634

Phone: (864) 656-2542



  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering
    Clemson University
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering
    Clemson University
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering
    Clemson University

Courses Taught

  • ENGR 1050/1060 - Introduction to engineering, problem solving, analysis using Excel
  • IE 4020 - Creative Inquiry research

Professional Activities

The Clemson University IHI Open School Chapter Advisor - The purpose of the IHI Open School is to promote improvement-based learning for health professionals, and Clemson’s chapter integrates students and faculty across “non-traditional” disciplines.

Research interests (including Creative Inquiry projects)

In addition to teaching in General Engineering, Dr. Ashley Kay Childers is a research assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and is partially supported by the South Carolina Hospital Association where she works on the Quality and Patient Safety team. Beyond teaching, her interests are in engaging health care providers in identifying solutions to the traditional systems of care delivery. One such effort is the Safe Surgery 2015: SC collaborative with the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and the Harvard School of Public Health where the goal is to assist every hospital that performs surgical procedures in South Carolina with implementation of a modified version of the World Health Organization’s surgical safety checklist. Over the last 2 years, Dr. Childers has been traveling to hospitals across South Carolina to learn how checklists are used in operating rooms. She works directly with clinicians and checklist implementation teams to better understand needs, strengths, challenges, and possible improvement opportunities associated with meaningful checklist use.

Dr. Childers also works on the Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative – a statewide collaborative effort to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations. The PART initiative is sponsored by the South Carolina Partnership for Health (South Carolina Hospital Association, Health Sciences South Carolina, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina). Dr. Childers has 2 research projects through the PART program related to a better understanding of provider and patient needs, strengths, and barriers during the hospital discharge process. In addition, Dr. Childers has a Clemson Creative Inquiry team that supports the PART project by providing hospitals with feedback about the usability and content of their patient discharge instructions.

Dr. Childers other research interests are related to personal health information management and emergency preparedness.

Recent publications

  • Childers AK, Mayorga ME and Taffee KM. “Prioritization Strategies for Patient Evacuations,” Health Care Management Science, published online May 2013.
  • Hunyh, N., Taaffe, K., Fredendall, L., Burris, R., Childers, A.K., Livingston, J., and Diller, T., “The Use of a Mobile Application to Track Process Workflow in Perioperative Services,” Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29, 368-374 (2011).
  • Childers, A.K. and Taaffe, K.M., “Healthcare Facility Evacuations: Lessons Learned, Research Activity, and the Need for Engineering Contributions,” Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 1, 125-140 (2010).
  • Childers, A.K., Visagamurthy, G., and Taaffe, K.M., “Prioritizing Patients for Evacuation from a Healthcare Facility,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2137, 38-45 (2009).

Fun Facts

  • Fourth generation Clemson student