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Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Credentials

Associate Professor of Medicine,
Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan
Research Scientist,  VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research

Biography

Angela Fagerlin, PhD, is Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fagerlin is also a Research Scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research. Her training is in cognitive psychology and her research focus is testing methods for communicating the risks and benefits of treatment to patients (e.g., in decision aids). She has developed and tested decision aids for prostate cancer and breast cancer prevention. Each of these studies has tested whether different design features of the decision aids influence the decision making process. She is also examining how decision aids affect patient-physician communication. Her other research interests include studying cognitive biases involved in medical decision making and the use of living wills at the end of life.  She has co-authored over 25 publications and serves as the lead on numerous federally funded grants.