Jody Platt, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems. She received her MPH and PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in health policy, with a concentration in medical sociology. Her research interests are in trust in health and health care, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of learning health systems, precision medicine, and big health data.
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Brian Zikmund-Fisher, PhD, is one of three speakers in a recent public health webcast on strategies for conveying the health risks of the H1N1 virus. Zikmund-Fisher is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and CBSSM. To view the webcast, click here.
Laura Damschroder is a Research Health Science Specialist, HSR&D at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
The special interest group in Health, Justice and Community is led by Dr. Susan Dorr Goold, a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health. Research in this area aims to improve knowledge, understanding, and practice in resource allocation and distributive justice, ethics of health policy (public and private) and community engagement, with the overarching goal of improving health equity. Scholarly approaches to the important and enduring questions include a variety of social science methods as well as conceptual and philosophical analysis. Surveys, mixed methods research, community-based participatory research and deliberative procedures represent particular strengths. Research that falls within this area includes topics such as:
- Deliberative public views on health and health care spending priorities
- Resource allocation decisions by local public health officials
- Public views about policies during public health emergencies
- Community priorities for health research
- Reproductive justice
- Physicians’ and patients’ views about physician stewardship
- Conflicts of interest and obligation for physicians and scientists
- Ways to ameliorate health disparities
Jessica Everett is a Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine and a genetic counselor in the Cancer Genetics Clinic at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ms. Everett's research interests include clinical applications of genetic and genomic technologies, and the evolving role of genetic counselors in providing comprehensive care. She participates in education of health professional trainees including genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, and hematology/oncology fellows. Ms.
Dr. Montas is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Montas holds a law and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the University of Michigan Adult Ethics Committee since 2009. His research interest is in the intersection of Law and Medicine, and Bioethics, with a focus on the influence of the legal system and legal norms on patient-physician communication and decision making.
Alexandra Vinson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, Division of Professional Education. She received her PhD in Sociology and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego. A medical sociologist by training, her research employs qualitative methods to examine how the medical profession adapts to changes in medical knowledge, technology, patient populations, and broader U.S. culture by intentionally reshaping medical education.