Dr. Culmer works with numerous ESP students in his lab. Learn more about Dr. Culmer below and his work here.    

Where are you from?

I grew up in Utah, but have lived in California, Iowa, Pennsylvania, the Netherlands, and Belgium. I came to UA for the opportunity to be a part of the College of Community Health Sciences. I was (and remain) very impressed with the people here and what they are doing and I wanted to be a part of that.


Why did you decide to get involved?

I don’t recall exactly how I learned about ESP, but I remember wanting to get involved: I love working with motivated undergraduate students, teaching and researching. It was a great combination.


What do you think is the greatest value of ESP?

Mentoring undergraduate students and helping them advance their career. Being a part of that is very satisfying.  

What is your area of interest in research? Have you completed any cool studies that might interest students?

In our research lab, we focus on two main areas: improving delivery of care through technology and in developing those who deliver the care so they can better care for patients and teach future physicians. Both of these make the practice of medicine better – particularly for the medically underserved. In terms of technology, we are working on projects to connect ambulances to hospitals using telemedicine, creating ways to teach children how to manage their asthma, and innovative and less expensive ways to connect patients and physicians to improve the quality of care, reduce the cost of care, and increase satisfaction with care. In addition to researching ways to better deliver medical care, we also research factors affecting care providers as their well-being is an important part of quality medical care. We are studying burnout among physicians, nurses, residents, and staff and how it affects both well-being and care. We are also researching ways to improve medical training through streamlining and simplifying evaluation processes.  

What's one funny story of something that happened on campus?

The first time I took my daughter to a football game, we weren’t sure what the policy on binoculars was, so we left ours in the car. I’ve since learned that binoculars are fine, but the cases are not allowed. As we were walking to the stadium, she saw an older gentleman who was carrying binoculars to the game and promptly told him in no uncertain terms that he could not take binoculars into the stadium. He didn’t seem too concerned about her warning and mentioned something about cases and kept walking. As I turned to see who she was correcting, I saw that it was President Bell.