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Making Patients Part of the Team

Patient engagement is a critical component of modern health care—and that’s especially true for mental health care. A growing body of research supports the concept and practice of shared decision making (SDM), in which clinicians and patients work together to reach mutually agreed-upon treatment decisions. This helps patients become more engaged in their treatment, and centers treatment around their values, desires and circumstances.

Posted:  August 2, 2017

Comm Sci Professor Accepts NIH Advisory Appointment

Jamie ReillyJamie Reilly, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and director of the Memory, Concepts, and Cognition Lab, has accepted an invitation from the National Institutes of Health to serve as a member of the Language and Communication Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. The appointment begins July 1 and extends through 2021.

Posted:  June 7, 2017

Biobanking Study: Donor Families Would Trade Access for Confidentiality

The technology to acquire genome sequence data from biobanked tissue samples has outpaced the ability to protect large databases from security breaches, raising the issue of whether loss of confidentiality risk should be discussed with donor families during the consent process.

A new study coauthored by College of Public Health Dean Laura A. Siminoff and Associate Professor Heather Traino examines how well families who donate tissue to a biobank—or decide not to donate—understand the risks and implications of a potential confidentiality breach.

Posted:  April 13, 2017

Research Highlight: Removing Barriers to Employment for Young Adults With Autism

Beth Pfeiffer, associate professor of occupational therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, discusses her work designing interventions that empower young adults with autism to navigate public transportation safely and confidently, helping them maintain employment and increase self-sufficiency. You can read more about Beth's work here.

Posted:  April 10, 2017

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