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Valerie Watzlaf is an associate professor within the Department of Health Information Management. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Public Health. She is very active in professional and scientific societies, having served on several AHIMA committees, as a Board member of AHIMA and the AHIMA Foundation, and as the Chair of the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE). She is currently co-chairing the CEE IG Task Force, serving on the CEE Graduate Resource Alliance Workgroup and the AHIMA Foundation Research Network. She also currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards for several peer-reviewed scientific journals. Watzlaf has presented and published extensively in the field of HIM and is the recipient of numerous awards and professional accolades including AHIMA's Research Award, PHIMA's Distinguished Member Award, and Pitt's SHRS Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is currently working as a partner with CIOX Health conducting research in HIM applications. Her research interests include: 1) classification systems and terminologies 2) epidemiology and data analytics and 3) privacy and security in telehealth.