J. Scott Roberts, PhD

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Scott Roberts, PhD, is Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health (U-M SPH), where he directs the School’s Public Health Genetics program and teaches a course on public health ethics. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Roberts conducts research on the psychosocial implications of genetic testing for adult-onset diseases. He has served since 2001 as Co-Principal Investigator on the NIH-funded REVEAL Study (Risk Evaluation and Education for Alzheimer’s Disease), a series of randomized clinical trials examining the impact of genetic susceptibility testing for people at risk for AD. Dr. Roberts has published numerous articles that address participants’ motivations and interests in genetic testing, the psychological impact of providing risk disclosure, and health behavior changes prompted by risk assessment. He has also examined ethical and practical issues involved in the returning of research results to individuals enrolled in cancer genetics studies.