Division of Public Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
Dr. Politi is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Politi’s research program focuses on using systematic methods to help patients and clinicians work through the uncertainties of health decisions through developing and evaluating decision tools, examining techniques to aid clinical discussions about health decisions, and exploring ways to improve communication about risks. Her research also investigates the influence of numeracy and health literacy on medical decision-making.
Dr. Politi co-teaches a course in the Master of Population Health Sciences program with Dr. Kimberly Kaphingst entitled “Principles of Shared Decision Making and Health Literacy in the Clinical Setting."
Summer Roberts, MA, Research Coordinator
Hannah Perkins, MSc, Public Health Research Technician
Rachel Zeuner, Student Research Assistant
Marie Kuzemchak, Student Research Assistant
4/2/12 – 3/31/14
Effective Communication to Improve Decision Making about Health Care Plans: The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate strategies to maximize understanding and ability to compare health care plan information among currently uninsured individuals who will be new to the health care system when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is implemented.
Role: Principal Investigator
National Institute of Health
St. Louis Regional Health Commission
KM1 CA156708 (Fraser: PI) 9/28/10 – 9/27/13
Washington University CER Mentored Career Development Award KM1: The goal of this grant is to develop and implement mentored hands-on comparative effectiveness research training using research data, administrative data, and electronic health records.
Role: Associate Director
PI) 10/1/10 – 12/31/12
Connecting Rarely/Never Screened Women to Mammography Via Kiosks and Navigators: The study aims to better understand how to increase the use of mammography among rarely and never-screened women in the community. We are partnering with a community organization, the Breakfast Club, Inc., to identify never and rarely screened women; connect women to breast cancer survivors for personalized navigation and support; and evaluate the effectiveness, reach and acceptability of the intervention.
Dutch Cancer Society
UL2010-4805 (Stiggelbout: PI) 2011-2014
Communicating Risks From Prediction Models in the Clinical Encounter: The goals of this project are to investigate patient-provider communication of valid epidemiologic risk prediction models in clinical practice and to study the impact of this risk communication on patients’ clinical decision-making.