IBET Momentum Fellow LaShawn Murray aims to use human factors engineering to advance health equity for marginalized populations

LaShawn Murray (MIE PhD candidate) comes from a long line of engineers and educators — and though she grew up in Toronto and Oakville, she always felt connected with her family’s roots in the Caribbean and South America. 

“My family taught me the importance of understanding my identity and being proud of who I am and the legacy of my community,” she says. 

“I have been reminded that I am here to make a difference in the lives of others.” 

That motivation led Murray toward the health sciences. She recently completed her master’s degree in health informatics at DePaul University in Chicago. It was there that she first became aware of the field of human factors engineering in healthcare.  

“I took a course called System Design in Healthcare, taught by Professor Enid Montague,” she says.   

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