As the vice president for research development, Dr. Mendonca is charged with building upon and enhancing the successes of the institute’s faculty investigators across biomedical informatics, health services research, aging research and implementation science.
Dr. Mendonca’s research focuses on developing novel language-driven approaches and automated learning methods to support decision making; exploiting automated semantic and statistical methods to extract biomedical data from patient records; creating new ways to automatically integrate evidence into clinical practice; and improving infrastructure for health care and clinical research. She has been involved in many federally funded grant projects, including a $3.9 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) study and the Children’s Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup (CREW), where she uses informatics tools to harmonize data among several large cohorts, combining clinical data, social determinants of health, behavior and biological markers, among others.
She is also one of the principal investigators of a new proposal to develop user-friendly systems that help better engage participants for enrollment in research studies. Dr. Mendonca also has served in multiple national leadership roles, including as chair of the NIH’s Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (BCHI) study section and on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).
She received a medical degree from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from Columbia University in New York. She is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Academy of Pediatrics.