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Educational Research Specialist
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Research Interests: Telemedicine, Distance Learning, Research, Evaluation, Instructional Design

Craig Locatis is a Senior Researcher in the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications (OHPCC), leading a research team conducting intramural research on Collaboration Technologies and their application to Telehealth and Telemedicine and Distance Learning and Education.  He also serves as project officer for certain OHPCC extramural contracts. 

Prior to joining OHPCC he helped establish a national center within NLM for demonstrating applications of multimedia interactive technology for health professions education and providing consultation on their development and use. He helped establish a network of faculty development centers on the development and use of instructional media and worked on the interface and online help for NLM’s first computerized online catalog for end-users. He also managed a NLM project supported by the US State Department to connect the national libraries of eight newly independent states of the former Soviet Union to the Internet and provide them access to the Library’s online information resources.

While at NLM, Dr. Locatis has taught courses at Catholic University, Marymount University, and the George Washington University and was a visiting professor to the Medical Faculty at Vilnius University in Lithuania, helping establish a computer lab.  He was on the faculty of Rutgers University before joining the Lister Hill Center and the National Library of Medicine.


  • BA in Political Science from Arizona State University
  • MA in Educational Technology from Arizona State University
  • PhD in Instructional Technology from Syracuse University
Professional Activities: 
  • Contributing editor of the journals Computers in Human Behavior and Educational Technology Research and Development
  • Internet2 and its Collaboration Special Interest Group
  • American Telemedicine Association
Honors and Awards: 
  • 2015 - Outstanding Research Reviewer Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology for work on their journal, Educational Technology Research and Development and "for Constructive and Timely Reviews and for Distinguished Service to the ETR&D Research Board of Consulting Editors"
  • 2012 - Health and Science Communications Association Special Achievement Award
  • 2010 - Educational Technology Research and Development and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • 2004 - National Institutes of Health Award of Merit
Publications/Tools by Craig Locatis: 
Marchell R, Locatis CN, Brgess G, Maisiak R, Liu WL, Ackerman M. Patient and Provider Satisfaction with Teledermatology. Telemed J E Health. 2017 Aug;23(8):684-690. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2016.0192. Epub 2017 Apr 4.
Marchell R, Locatis C, Burges G, Maisiak R, Liu WL, Ackerman M. Comparing High Definition Live Interactive and Store-and-Forward Consultations to In-Person Examinations. Telemed J E Health. 2017 Mar;23(3):213-218. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2016.0093. Epub 2016 Oct 5.
Kochmann M, Locatis CN. Telemedicine in the Apple App Store: An exploratory study of teledermatology apps. In Smari, W. & Natarian, J. (Eds.), Proc 2016 Int Conf Collaboration Technologies and Systems, Orlando, Florida, October 31-November 4, Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers & Association for Computing Machinery, 534-537.
Kochmann M, Locatis C. Direct to Consumer Mobile Teledermatology Apps: An Exploratory Study. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Aug;22(8):689-93. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2015.0189. Epub 2016 Mar 9.
Zhang K, Liu WL, Locatis CN, Ackerman MJ. Mobile Videoconferencing Apps for Telemedicine. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Jan;22(1):56-62. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2015.0027. Epub 2015 Jul 23.
Marchell R, Locatis CN, Ackerman MJ. High definition live interactive and store and forward teledermatology: initial qualitative observations. In W. Smari, W. McQuay, and M. Nygard (Eds.), Proc. IEEE 2015 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, Atlanta, Georgia, June 1-5, 446-449.
Liu WL, Zhang K, Locatis C, Ackerman M. Cloud and traditional videoconferencing technology for telemedicine and distance learning. Telemed J E Health. 2015 May;21(5):422-6. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2014.0121. Epub 2015 Mar 18.
Locatis CN, Gaines C, Liu WL, Gill MJ, Ackerman MJ. Lessons learned from ten years of distance learning outreach. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015 Apr;103(2):78-82. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.103.2.004.
Zhang K, Liu WL, Locatis C, Ackerman M. Uncompressed high-definition videoconferencing tools for telemedicine and distance learning. Telemed J E Health. 2013 Aug;19(8):579-84. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0219. Epub 2013 Jun 29.
Locatis CN, Ackerman MJ. Three principles for determining the relevancy of store-and-forward and live interactive telemedicine: reinterpreting two telemedicine research reviews and other research. Telemed J E Health. 2013 Jan;19(1):19-23. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0063. Epub 2012 Nov 27.