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.
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CBSSM is an interdisciplinary group committed to improving individual and societal health through research, education, and public outreach. Our unit attracts scholars from across departmental and disciplinary boundaries and in so doing, provides fertile ground for new synergies. CBSSM affiliates with scholars from across the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Health System to collaborate on research projects.
Our team includes:
- Social and cognitive psychologists
- Clinicians from many medical specialty areas
- Public health researchers
- Decision scientists
- Behavioral economists
- Survey methodologists
For more information, see the conference announcement.
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
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.
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 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.
Jennifer Walter, MD, PhD, MS was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, 2010-2012.
Dr. Walter is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine.
Marieke de Vries, PhD was a Visiting Scholar in 2010.
Dr. De Vries is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands.