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Health Communication and Decision Making

A major theme of CBSSM involves using techniques from basic and applied research to determine the best practices for communicating health information to patients and the public more generally. This special interest group explores topics related to understanding and improving patient and public decision making about medical issues.

Research that falls within this programmatic area includes topics such as:

  • Risk communication and perception
  • Health communication and education
  • Development and testing of decision aids/patient education materials
  • Visualization and contextualization of health data
  • Communication of genomic information to patients and providers
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Utility and survey methods
  • Patient decision making
  • Patient-physician communication

Erin Sears, MPH

Alumni
Erin joined CBSSM in November 2014. Her work at the Center included assisting Dr. Susan Goold on several grant funded research projects related to Medicaid expansion and community-based research around health and health research priorities.
 
She received her Master’s in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Health and Nutrition from Northern Michigan University.
Last Name: 
Sears

Alexandra Vinson, PhD

Faculty

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.

Last Name: 
Vinson

Erica Sutton, PhD

Alumni

Dr. Erica Sutton was a CBSSM Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2013-2015. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist engaged in social and behavioral science research that explores the health care experiences of individuals living with rare genetic conditions; the manner in which biotechnologies shape personal experience and social life; and the ethical implications of these technologies for individuals, public health, social policy, health care institutions, and communities.

Last Name: 
Sutton

Susan Dorr Goold, MD, MHSA, MA recently contributed an ethics case entitled, “Is the Standard of Care Always Worth the Cost?" The case tackles the Virtual Mentor theme issue “Hospitals: Business or Public Service?" Click here for more information.

Stephen Henry, MD

Alumni

Stephen Henry, MD was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow & VA Scholar, 2009-2012.

Dr. Henry is currently an Assistant Professor of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Bioethics at the University of California Davis Medical School.

 

Last Name: 
Henry

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