Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, MPH, MSW, LICSW, PIP
Associate Professor, Social Work; BSW Program Director
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Laurel Hitchcock is an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Research projects include an examination of simulation and IPE in social work education; the effectiveness of technology-infused assignments in social work courses; and the role of technology in social work education. In 2012, Dr. Hitchcock received the SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching for work incorporating social media into social work pedagogy. She's the co-director for the Institute for Healthy Engagement and Resilience with Technology at the University at Buffalo's School of Social Work, and she blogs at

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

BackgroundEducation across health professions, rather than in silos, is essential to preparing future healthcare providers for team-based healthcare. A major challenge is how to involve distance learners in IP team activities. This poster documents progress and challenges encountered in engaging an interprofessional (IP) design team of students and faculty working in partnership, to develop an on-line IP Collaboratory course.  DesignStudents, faculty and staff from six professions; medicine, public health, dentistry, occupational therapy, social work, and nursing, partnered with librarians…