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Dr. Ashley Kay Childers

Ashley Kay ChildersResearch Assistant Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering
M-09 Holtzendorff Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0920

Phone: (864) 656-4623
Fax: (864) 656-0795


BS, Industrial Engineering
Clemson University

MS, Industrial Engineering
Clemson University

PhD, Industrial Engineering
Clemson University

Research Areas

Healthcare improvement, surgical safety, emergency management

Dr. Childers is supported by the South Carolina Hospital Association where she works on a number of projects related to quality improvement and patient safety initiatives including Safe Surgery 2015: SC, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery, Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART).

Selected Publications

Childers, A.K., L. Cole, G. Lyons, and C.B. Turley, 2015. "Priming Professionals for a Complex Communication Environment: An Icebreaker with a Purpose," under revision.

Neyens, D.M. and A.K. Childers, 2015. “Determining Barriers and Facilitators Associated with Willingness to use a Personal Health Information Management System to Support Worksite Wellness Programs,” under revision.

Childers, A.K., M. Mayorga, and K. Taaffe, 2014. “Prioritization Strategies for Patient Evacuations,” Health Care Management Science, 17(1), 77-87.

Robinson, S., Neyens, D.M., and Childers, A.K. “An Effective, Nonintrusive Approach to Time Studies in Health Care.” Proceedings of the 2013 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, 2013, San Juan, Puerto Rico (June 2013).

Huynh, N., K. Taaffe, L. Fredendall, R. Burris, A.K. Childers, J. Livingston, and T. Diller, 2011. “The Use of a Mobile Application to Track Process Workflow in Perioperative Services,” Journal of Computers, Informatics, and Nursing, 29(6), 368-374.

Childers, A.K and K. Taaffe, 2010, “Healthcare Facility Evacuations: Lessons Learned, Research Activity, and the Need for Engineering Contributions,” Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 1(1), 125–140.

Childers, A.K., G. Visagamurthy, and K. Taaffe, 2009, “Prioritizing Patients for Evacuation from a Healthcare Facility,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2137, 38–45, National Research Council, Washington, DC.

Courses Taught

ENGR 1050 and 1060: Engineering Disciplines and Skills I and II
IE 4000: Honors Thesis
IE 4020: Creative Inquiry

Professional Affiliations

National Association for Healthcare Quality
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
American Society for Engineering Education