Seth Powsner, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Emergency Medicine; Director, Crisis Intervention Unit

Research Interests

Computer Graphics; Medical Informatics; User-Computer Interface

Research Organizations


Faculty Research

Medical Informatics, Yale Center for

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Dr. Powsner's research interests center around clinical data presentation and education. Computer technology makes it far easier to collect and retrieve clinical information than to understand it. Dr. Powsner's work tries to present data in ways that invite trainees to contemplate how their patients have responded to prior treatments, and then think through plans for further treatment. He is also exploring inexpensive digital video as teaching tool for active clinical environments.

Computers can make clinical information comprehensible, not just available. In collaboration with Professor Edward Tufte of the Dept. of Political Science, Dr Powsner has worked on graphical display of patient information. Better presentation of clinical information should simplify diagnosis and treatment.

Selected Publications

  • Wang D, Powsner S, Eisendrath S (2009) , Factitious Disorder In Kaplan H, Sadock B (eds), Comprehensive Textbook, , Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins
  • Powsner S (2007) , The Emergency Department Setting In Leigh H, Streltzer J (eds), Handbook of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, New York, Springer, Published
  • Manufacturing vs repair in health care.

    Powsner S (Nov 2005) "Manufacturing vs repair" in health care., JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 294(20)2580

  • Cognition, copyright, and the classroom.

    Powsner S, Powsner D (Mar 2005) Cognition, copyright, and the classroom., The American journal of psychiatry, 162(3)627-8

  • Sex, Lies, and Medical Compliance.

    Powsner S, Spitzer R, Sex, Lies, and Medical Compliance, Lancet, 361, 2003-4, 14 Jun 2003

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Contact Info

Seth Powsner, MD
Patient Care Location
Emergency Dept / CIUYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Psychiatry20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510-3220