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Craig Locatis, PhD

Scientific Computing Branch
Educational Research Specialist

Contact Information
Building 38A - Lister Hill Center, 7S712

Expertise and Research Interests:

Research Interests: Telemedicine, Distance Learning, Research, Evaluation, Instructional Design

Craig Locatis is a Senior Researcher in the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications (OHPCC), leading a research team conducting intramural research on Collaboration Technologies and their application to Telehealth and Telemedicine and Distance Learning and Education. He also serves as project officer for certain OHPCC extramural contracts.

Prior to joining OHPCC he helped establish a national center within NLM for demonstrating applications of multimedia interactive technology for health professions education and providing consultation on their development and use. He helped establish a network of faculty development centers on the development and use of instructional media and worked on the interface and online help for NLM’s first computerized online catalog for end-users. He also managed a NLM project supported by the US State Department to connect the national libraries of eight newly independent states of the former Soviet Union to the Internet and provide them access to the Library’s online information resources.

While at NLM, Dr. Locatis has taught courses at Catholic University, Marymount University, and the George Washington University and was a visiting professor to the Medical Faculty at Vilnius University in Lithuania, helping establish a computer lab. He was on the faculty of Rutgers University before joining the Lister Hill Center and the National Library of Medicine.


  • BA in Political Science from Arizona State University
  • MA in Educational Technology from Arizona State University
  • PhD in Instructional Technology from Syracuse University

Professional Activities:

  • Contributing editor of the journals Computers in Human Behavior and Educational Technology Research and Development
  • Internet2 and its Collaboration Special Interest Group
  • American Telemedicine Association

Honors and Awards:

  • 2015 - Outstanding Research Reviewer Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology for work on their journal, Educational Technology Research and Development and "for Constructive and Timely Reviews and for Distinguished Service to the ETR&D Research Board of Consulting Editors"
  • 2012 - Health and Science Communications Association Special Achievement Award
  • 2010 - Educational Technology Research and Development and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • 2004 - National Institutes of Health Award of Merit


Bastola M, Locatis C, Fontelo P. Diagnostic Reliability of In-Person Versus Remote Dermatology: A Meta-Analysis. Telemed J E Health, 2021 Mar; 27(3): 247-250.

Bastola MM, Locatis C, Maisiak R, Fontelo P. . The Effectiveness of Mobile Phone-Based Text Messaging to Intervene with Problem Drinking in Youth and Younger Adult Populations: A Meta-Analysis. Telemed J E Health. 2020 Mar; 26(3): 270-277.

Fernandez-Repollet E, Locatis CN, De Jesus-Monge WE, Maisiak R, Lie WL. Effects of summer internship and follow-up distance mentoring programs on middle and high school student perceptions and interest in health careers. BMC Med Educ. 2018 May 2;18(1):84. doi: 10.1186/s12909-018-1205-3.

Marchell R, Locatis CN, Brgess G, Maisiak R, Liu WL, Ackerman M. Patient and Provider Satisfaction with Teledermatology. Telemed J E Health. 2017 Aug;23(8):684-690. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2016.0192. Epub 2017 Apr 4.