5 Questions with Faculty: Victoria Kisekka

Upon arrival at UAlbany in 2015, Victoria Kisekka poses with fellow new School of Business faculty members Ioannis Kareklas, left, and Bill Wales.

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 20, 2016) — Victoria Kisekka, an assistant professor in the UAlbany's Digital Forensics program in the Department of Information Technology Management in the School of Business, came to the University about a year ago. “There are several reasons why I chose to come to UAlbany but perhaps the top reason was the department,” she said. “The faculty here are friendly, supportive and productive in terms of research, teaching excellence and grant writing.”

Kisekka, who has her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, has a special interest in research in healthcare information technologies, information assurance, disaster response and recovery and organizational resilience.

What are your working on now?

The project I am currently working on looks at the role of technology in improving healthcare outcomes. I specifically focus on the interaction between patients and healthcare providers, and how technology can reduce healthcare disparities.

This topic is extremely important because the healthcare industry is moving towards a shared-decision making model. And with healthcare technologies and patients’ increased use of e-health, providers have the opportunity to leverage these recent advances for improving health outcomes.

What made you decide to pursue this specialty?

My interest in information assurance and healthcare IT stem from my desire to do research that has practical implications. In the U.S., everyone is affected by technologies either directly or indirectly. Also, everyone is affected by health IT either directly or indirectly. As such, research in the aforementioned two areas has the potential to inform the improvement of information security and healthcare IT.

What’s the best thing about working at UAlbany?

The students. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the students and also learning about their experiences. I am also appreciative of the opportunity to watch my students go through the different phases of learning — from the first day to the last day of class. It also brings me joy when I hear from alums who tell me that they are applying what they learned in their professions.

What was the last book you read for pleasure?

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz.

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