Sadaf is a research scientist at the MedStar Health Research Institute. Her research interests focus on investigating how complex, adaptive systems influence the nature of cognitive work, and designing tools and processes to improve safety in safety-critical environments. Sadaf applies theories from cognitive ergonomics such as prospective memory, interruptions, and situation awareness to improve medication safety. She is also interested in applying concepts from systems dynamics to study clinician burnout.
Sadaf earned her doctorate in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Through her prior experience at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, she has hands-on experience in engaging with clinicians through qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has been recognized for her contributions to the field by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and has published her work in high-impact journals in health care and human factors.