Gondy Leroy

Professor of MIS

Eller Fellow

Gondy Leroy

McClelland Hall 430W
1130 E. Helen St.  
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

  • Natural language processing, text mining and text analytics
  • Search engines, information retrieval/extraction and understanding by consumers
  • Medical and biomedical informatics
  • Human computer interaction and user studies


PhD, The University of Arizona, 2003

Gondy Leroy joined the Eller College of Management in 2013. Before coming to Eller, she taught at Claremont Graduate College, which she joined after earning her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona in 2003. Her areas of expertise include natural language processing, text mining, text analytics, search engines, information retrieval and extraction and understanding by consumers, medical and biomedical informatics and human computer interaction and user studies. She is a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


  • MIS 545 Data Mining for Business Intelligence


  • "Automated Extraction of Diagnostic Criteria from Electronic Health Records for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Development, Evaluation and Case Study," (accepted), Journal of Medical Internet Research (with Y. Gu, S. Pettyrgrove, M.K. Galindo, A. Arora, M. Kurzius-Spencer)
  • "SubSimplify-Automatically Generating Term Explanations in English and Spanish when Expert and Big Data Dictionaries are Insufficient," Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2018, (with N. Kloehn, D. Kauchak, Y. Gu, S. Colina, N.P. Yuan, D.Revere)
  • "Health Information Technology: Promise and Progress," Health Systems, June 2018, (with M. Wimble)
  • "Optimizing Corpus Creation for Training Word Embedding in Low Resource Domains: A Case Study in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)," (accepted), AMIA Fall Symposium, 2018. (with Y. Gu, S. Pettygrove, M. K. Galindo, M. Kurzius-Spencer)
  • “Does Query Expansion Limit Our Learning? A Comparison of Social-Based Expansion to Content-Based Expansion for Medical Queries on the Internet," 2014 AMIA Annual Symposium, Washington DC, 15-19 (with C. Pentoney and J. Harwell)
  • "Using Natural Language Processing for Autism Trigger Extraction," 2014 AMIA Annual Symposium, Washington DC, 15-19 (with C. Pentoney and J. Harwell)
  • "We Know Where You Are Tweeting From: Assigning a Type of Place to Tweets Using Natural Language Processing and Random Forests," IEEE Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Big Data, Anchorage, Alaska, June 27-July2 (with C. Pentoney and J. Harwell)
  • "The Effect of Word Familiarity on Actual and Perceived Text Difficulty," Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2014, 21:e169-e172 doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002172 (with C. Pentoney and J. Harwell)
  • "Big Data for Query Expansion: A Comparison of Content-based Versus Social-based Keywords," 2014 Winter Conference on Business Intelligence, February 27–March 1, Snowbird, Utah (with C. Pentoney and J. Harwell)
  • "Text Simplification Tools: Using Machine Learning to Discover Features that Identify Difficult Text," 2014, 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Waikaloa, Big Island, Hawaii, January 6-9 (with D. Kauchak, O. Mouradi and C. Pentoney)
  • "Development and Evaluation of a Biomedical Search Engine Using a Predicate-based Vector Space Model," Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 2013, 46(5), 929-39 (with M. Kwak, J.D. Martinez and J. Harwell)
  • "User Evaluation of the Effects of a Text Simplification Algorithm Using Term Familiarity on Perception, Understanding, Learning and Information Retention," Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2013, 15(7):e144. (with J.E. Endicott, D. Kauchak, O. Mouradi and M. Just)
  • "A User-study Measuring the Effects of Lexical Simplification and Coherence Enhancement on Perceived and Actual Text Difficulty," International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2013, 82(8), 717-730  (with D. Kauchak and O. Mouradi)
  • "Automated Crime Report Analysis and Classification for e-Government and Decision Support," 14th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, 2013, Quebec, Canada, 17-20 June (with C-H. Ku)

Invited Talks and Presentations

  • "Evidence-based Reduction of Perceived and Actual Text Difficulty Using Natural Language Processing," Southern California Workshop on Clinical Text Analysis and Visualization, University of California San Diego (UCSD), January 30, 2013
  • "Designing User Studies," Doctoral Consortium, Seventh International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST), Las Vegas, May 14-15, 2012
  • "Transdisciplinary Solutions to Communication Problems in Healthcare and Biomedicine," at the MIS Seminar Series, University of Arizona, May 11, 2012
  • A Triple-based Biomedical Search Engine," at the Pomona College Computer Science Colloquium, March 8, 2012
  • "Using a Predicate-based Biomedical Search Engine for Going Beyond Keyword-based Search," at the Lunch and Learn Seminar, Zynx Health, February 29, 2012
  • "Toward the Next Generation Biomedical Search Engine," at the Current Trends in Biomedical Informatics Seminar, Biomedical Informatics, University of California at San Diego, February 20, 2012

Professional Associations

  • Association for Information Systems
  • President-Elect, Special Interest Group on Health (AIS SIG-Health) of the Association for Information System (AIS) (2012-present)

Awards and Honors

  • IEEE Senior Member