Thought Leader, Patient Engagement

Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Professor and Chair; Research Scientist
Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah Health; Salt Lake City VA Center for Informatics Decision Enhancement and Surveillance


Dr. Fagerlin is Chair and Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at University of Utah Health and a Research Scientist at Salt Lake City VA Center for Informatics Decision Enhancement and Surveillance (IDEAS). Her training is in experimental psychology, primarily in the areas of cognitive and social psychology. Her research, which has been funded by VA, NCI, NIH, NSF, and the European Union, focuses on testing methods for communicating medical data to patients and providers, including the risks and benefits of treatment, as well as the development and testing of decision support interventions. Dr. Fagerlin’s recent work examines the impact of patient decision aids on patient-physician communication and decision quality, and also tests multiple methods for communicating about genetic testing and infectious diseases.

Dr. Fagerlin has served on the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and is the Past President of the Society of Medical Decision Making. She has been recognized as being among the top 1% of researchers with most the cited papers in social sciences (2014) and as a champion of shared decision-making (an honor bestowed by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundations to the 25 individuals who have provided inspiration and guidance in the field of shared decision-making).

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