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Presenters


J. Bryan Sexton, PhD

Associate Professor, Director, Duke Patient Safety Center, Duke University Health System

J. Bryan Sexton, PhD Dr. Bryan Sexton has captured the wisdom of frontline caregivers through rigorous assessments of safety culture, teamwork and workforce resilience. His research instruments have been used around the world in over 3,000 hospitals in 30 countries. His current R01 grant from NIH is a randomized clinical trial of resilience training. He has studiedteamwork and workforce resilience. His research instruments have been used around the world in over 3,000 hospitals in 30 countries.

His current R01 grant from NIH is a randomized clinical trial of resilience training. He has studied teamwork, safety and resilience in high-risk environments such as the commercial aviation cockpit, the operating room and the intensive care unit, under funding from NIH, NASA, AHRQ, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation. With specializations in organizational assessment, teamwork, survey development, and quantitative methods, he spends his time teaching, mentoring, conducting research, and finding practical ways of getting busy caregivers to do the right thing, by making it the easy thing to do. Dr. Sexton has found that results across industries, work settings, shifts, professions, and countries highlight a great deal about reliability in high risk environments – specifically, “you are better off changing the situation, than trying to change human nature.”



K. Carrie Adair, PhD

Associate in Research, Department of Psychiatry, Duke Patient Safety Center, Duke University Health System

K. Carrie Adair, PhD Dr. Carrie Adair is a social psychologist with the Duke Patient Safety Center who specializes in resilience for busy and stressed health care workers. Her research has examined the psychology well-being, resilience tools, mindfulness meditation, processing traumatic experiences, implicit social biases, enhancing relationships, and emotion regulation. Her research has been funded by the Mind & Life Institute, as well as a dissertation award and fellowship from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Adair believes that the science of well-being has much to offer stressed and burned out individuals, and she enjoys sharing empirically-supported resilience strategies in her trainings.



Kyle Rehder, MD, FCCM, FCCP

Pediatric Intensivist, Duke University Hospital; Physician Quality Officer, Duke Patient Safety Center, Duke University Health System

Kyle Rehder, MD, FCCM, FCCP Dr. Kyle Rehder is a pediatric intensivist who serves as the Duke University Health System Physician Quality Officer for the Duke Patient Safety Center, as well as the director for the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Rehder’s areas of expertise include team dynamics, communication, quality improvement, resilience, and medication safety. He is a TeamSTEPPS master trainer and Six-Sigma Black Belt. He has been involved in several award-winning quality initiatives, including the 2013 Children’s Hospital Association Pediatric Quality Award for Clinical Care for improving communication during daily rounds in the ICU.