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Educational Research Specialist
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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
Publications/Tools by Craig Locatis: 
Zhang K, Liu WL, Locatis C, Ackerman M. Uncompressed high-definition videoconferencing tools for telemedicine and distance learning. Telemed J E Health. 2013 Aug;19(8):579-84. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0219. Epub 2013 Jun 29.
Locatis CN, Ackerman MJ. Three principles for determining the relevancy of store-and-forward and live interactive telemedicine: reinterpreting two telemedicine research reviews and other research. Telemed J E Health. 2013 Jan;19(1):19-23. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0063. Epub 2012 Nov 27.
Locatis CN, Conde JG, Bhagwat MA. A Hands-on Distance Learning Strategy to Increase Access to Bioinformatics Training [Poster]. Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI): 13th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities; 2012 Dec 9-13; San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Locatis CN, Williamson D, Sterrett J, Detzler I, Ackerman MJ. Video medical interpretation over 3G cellular networks: a feasibility study. Telemed J E Health. 2011 Dec;17(10):809-13. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0084. Epub 2011 Oct 19.
Locatis CN. High Performance Connectivity and Communications. Technical Report to the LHNCBC Board of Scientific Counselors; 2011 Sep. 29 pages.
Ackerman MJ, Locatis CN. Advanced networks and computing in healthcare. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2011 Jul-Aug;18(4):523-8. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2010-000054. Epub 2011 Apr 12.
Liu WL, Zhang K, Locatis CN, Ackerman MJ. Internet-based videoconferencing coder/decoders and tools for telemedicine. Telemed J E Health. 2011 Jun;17(5):358-62. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2010.0193. Epub 2011 May 12.
Locatis CN, Williamson D, Gould-Kabler C, Zone-Smith L, Detzler I, Roberson J, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. In-Person, Video, and Telephonic Medical Interpretation. American Telemedicine Association 16th Annual International Meeting; 2011 May 1-3; Tampa, Florida.
Locatis CN, Berner ES, Hammack G, Smith S, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. Communication and proximity effects on outcomes attributable to sense of presence in distance bioinformatics education. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Mar 14;11:10. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-11-10.
Locatis C, Williamson D, Gould-Kabler C, Zone-Smith L, Detzler I, Roberson J, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. Comparing in-person, video, and telephonic medical interpretation. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Apr;25(4):345-50. doi: 10.1007/s11606-009-1236-x. Epub 2010 Jan 27.