Graduate School

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (Health Psychology track), George Washington University, 2006 (APA-accredited).

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (APA-accredited), Behavioral Medicine Track, Brown Medical School, Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, 2005 – 2006.

Post Doctoral Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Brown Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital, 2006 – 2007.

R25 Transdisciplinary Cancer Control Research Training fellowship, Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital, 2007 – 2009.

Teaching Appointments

Faculty, Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) Program

Faculty (Ad-Hoc), Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer

Board Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Missouri, License #2010009610

Honors and Awards

Board of Directors, Trustee, Society for Medical Decision Making, 2012 – 2015

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Recipient, 2009 – present

Lead Fellow, Dartmouth Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice, 2008, 2009.

Fellow, Dartmouth Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice, 2007-2010.

Research Interests

Dr. Politi is a health psychologist and associate professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. Her primary research interests include health communication and shared decision-making. Her work helps patients and the public understand health information, explore what is important to them when making health decisions, and collaborate to make evidence-informed decisions that meet their needs. She also trains health care professionals, public health advocates, and members of the public interested in shared decision-making and patient engagement. Dr. Politi’s research includes a focus on reducing health disparities by engaging communities with unmet health needs and including them in both research and dissemination efforts. She works extensively with stakeholders to ensure her research is relevant to end users in clinical and community settings.

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Ave.
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 747-1967

Selected Publications

Politi, MC, Jones KM & Philpott SE. The Role of Patient Engagement in Addressing Parents’ Perceptions About Immunizations. 2017 Jun 22. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7168 

Philpott SE, Witteman HO Jones KM, Sonderman DS, Julien AS, & Politi MC. Clinical Trainees’ Responses to Parents Who Question Evidence-based Recommendations. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Sep;100(9):1701-1708. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.05.002. Epub 2017 May 2.

Politi MC, Kuzemchak MD, Liu J, Barker AR, Peters E., … & Philpott SE. Show Me Health Plans: Using a decision aid to improve decisions in the federal health insurance marketplace. Medical Decision Making Policy and Practice. 2016 Nov 18; 1:1-11.

Politi MC, Estlund A, Milne A, Buckel CM, Peipert JF, & Madden T. Barriers and facilitators to implementing a patient-centered model of contraceptive provision in community health centers. Contraception and Reproductive Medicine. 2016 Nov 8; 1:21. 

Housten AJ, Furtado K, Kaphingst KA, Kebodeaux C, McBride T, Cusanno B, & Politi MC. Stakeholders’ perceptions of ways to support decisions about health insurance marketplace enrollment: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research. 2016 Nov 8; 16:634.  

Politi MC, Kuzemchak MD, Kaphingst KA, Perkins H, Liu J, Byrne MM. Decision Aids Can Support Cancer Clinical Trials Decisions: Results of a Randomized Trial. Oncologist. 2016 Aug 10. pii: theoncologist.2016-0068. PubMed PMID: 27511904.

Samson P, Waters EA, Meyers B, Politi MC. Shared Decision Making and Effective Risk Communication in the High-Risk Patient With Operable Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jun;101(6):2049-52. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.02.086. PubMed PMID: 27211932. 

Seo J, Goodman MS, Politi M, Blanchard M, Kaphingst KA. Effect of Health Literacy on Decision-Making Preferences among Medically Underserved Patients. Med Decis Making. 2016 May;36(4):550-6. doi: 10.1177/0272989X16632197. PubMed PMID: 26902737.

Politi MC, Barker AR, Kaphingst KA, McBride T, Shacham E, Kebodeaux CS. Show Me My Health Plans: a study protocol of a randomized trial testing a decision support tool for the federal health insurance marketplace in Missouri. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Feb 16;16:55. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1314-9. PubMed PMID: 26880251; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4754978.

Politi MC, Sonfield A & Madden T. Addressing Challenges to Implementation of the Contraceptive Coverage Guarantee of the Affordable Care Act. JAMA. 2016 Feb 16;315(7):653-4. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.0204.

Gillies K, Cotton SC, Brehaut JC, Politi MC, Skea Z. Decision aids for people considering taking part in clinical trials. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD009736. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009736.pub2.

Madden T, Cortez S, Kuzemchak M, Kapingst KA, & Politi MC. Accuracy of Information about the Intrauterine Device on the Internet. (2015). Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Apr;214(4):499.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.10.928. Epub 2015 Nov 4.

Politi MC. (2015). Stories of Medical Decision Making: Helping Patients and Clinicians Manage Uncertainty during Clinical Care. Medical Decision Making, Web-Only Essay. DOI: 10.1177/0272989X15597223

Furtado K, Kaphingst KA, Perkins H & Politi MC. (2015). Health Insurance Information-Seeking Behaviors Among the Uninsured. Journal of Health Communication, 1-11.

Politi MC, Kaphingst KA, Liu J, Perkins H, Furtado K, Kreuter MK, Shacham E & McBride T. (2015). A Randomized Trial Examining Three Strategies for Supporting Health Insurance Decisions Among the Uninsured. Med Decis Making. 2016 Oct;36(7):911-22. doi: 10.1177/0272989X15578635. Epub 2015 Apr 3.

Editorial Positions

Deputy Editor, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2015 - 2017

Editorial Board, Medical Decision Making, 2012 - 2017

Reviewer: Medical Decision Making; Health Expectations; Journal of General Internal Medicine; Annals of Behavioral Medicine; Risk Analysis; Supportive Care in Cancer; Behavior Therapy; Psycho-Oncology; American Journal of Epidemiology; Integrative Cancer Therapies; European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology; Patient Education and Counseling, 2005 – present