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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: 
Locatis C, Berner ES, Hammack G, Smith S, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. An exploratory study of co-location as a factor in synchronous, collaborative medical informatics distance education. BMC Res Notes. 2010 Feb 2;3:30. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-3-30.
Locatis C, Gaines C, Liu W, Gill MJ. Extending a Blended Education Programme to Native American High School Students in Alaska. J Vis Commun Med. 2009 Jan;32(1):8-13.
Locatis CN, Berner E, Matthews P, Hammack G, Smith S, Maisiak R. Is Student Collocation a Factor in Synchronous Distance Education? International Assoc of Medical Science Educators Annual Meeting; 2008 Jul 25-29; Salt Lake City.
Zhang K, Locatis CN, Liu WL. A Study of Higher Quality Video Applications on Access Grid (Presentation). Proceedings of 2008 Access Grid Retreat; 2008 May 28-30; Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
Locatis C, Vega A, Bhagwat M, Liu W, Conde J. A Virtual Computer Lab for Distance Biomedical Technology Education. BMC Med Educ. 2008 Mar 13;8:12. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-8-12.
Locatis C. Performance, Instruction, and Technology in Health Care Education. Chapter 20 in: Reiser RA, Dempsey JV, editors. Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Merrill/Prentice Hall; 2007 (second edition). p. 197-208.
Zhang K, Locatis CN, Liu WL. An Enhanced Shared Presentation Tool for the Access Grid (Presentation). Proceedings of Access Grid 2007; 2007 May 14-16; Chicago.
Locatis C. Why Media Matter. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 2007 Mar;20(1):9-22. DOI: 10.1111/j.1937-8327.2007.tb00428.x.
Locatis C, Gaines C, Liu W, Gill MJ, Carney J, Foster J, McCall V, Woods M. A Blended Training Approach Using Videoconferencing for Distance Education. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006 Oct;94(4):464-8.
Zhang K, Locatis CN, Liu WL. An Enhanced Shared Browser for the Access Grid. Proceedings of Access Grid 2006; 2006 May 15-17; Michigan Information and Technology Center, Ann Arbor.