Mary C. Politi, PhD

Professor of Surgery


Graduate School

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

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


Research Interests

Dr. Politi’s 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.

Politi Lab website

PubMed page for Dr. Politi

Research Profile


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