Thomas Workman is a principal communication researcher and evaluator at AIR. He develops, designs, and conducts formative and evaluative research in the areas of patient and consumer engagement, shared decision making, and patient-centered outcomes research. He is an advisor to AIR’s Center for Patient and Consumer Engagement, and has worked on a variety of projects related to involving patients and consumers in health care research, service, and policy decisions for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and others.
Much of his work has focused on community and stakeholder engagement for health policy and health research. Prior to coming to AIR, Tom served as the communication coordinator for a community-based alcohol prevention project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of Nebraska, and then as the translation/production section lead for the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science at Baylor College of Medicine for the Effective Health Care Program, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As an assistant professor of Health Communication at the University of Houston-Downtown, he co-founded the Center for Public Deliberation, conducting community deliberations on health care reform.
Dr. Workman sits on several national boards and faculty panels in the area of college health and alcohol/drug abuse prevention, and reviews research manuscripts for a variety of academic health journals.
Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.A., Communication Studies, Emerson College; B.S., Journalism/Broadcasting, Bradley University