Esra Alagoz, PhD

Scientist III

Esra Alagoz, PhD, is an associate scientist in WiSOR with a background in social sciences and qualitative research methods. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 studying educational technologies with a focus in online social interactions. She investigated the aspects of textual synchronous communications that result in better engagement and motivation for the users through qualitative methods including ethnography, in-depth interviews, focus groups, case studies, and participatory action research. Previous to her position at WISOR, she studied the use of mobile health and Web 2.0 technologies including social networking tools, online support communities, as well as telehealth to support recovery from substance use disorders.

Her research focuses on improving patient, provider and healthcare system interaction to enhance patient outcomes using qualitative and mixed methods. As the Qualitative Core director, Dr. Alagoz provides consultation and support to faculty and staff at any stage of their research.

She has extensive experience analyzing large-scale qualitative data sets using a variety of methods including communication analysis, qualitative content analysis, and thematic analysis
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  • MA, Educational Technologies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2007
  • PhD, Educational Technologies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2011
  • Postdoc, Technologies in Healthcare, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2015