Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences

Research Interests

  • Developing and Testing of Decision Aids in Clinical Contexts, Particularly their Impact on Patient Decision Making and Patient-Physician Communication
  • Factors that Affect People’s Perception of Risks
  • Testing Methods for Improving Risk Communication
  • Examining the Role of Living Wills and Surrogate Decision-Making at the End of Life
  • Investigating the Effect of Numeracy Skills on Medical Decision Making


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Population Health Sciences - Professor

Academic Bio

Angie’s training is in experimental psychology, primarily in the areas of cognitive and social psychology. Her research focuses on testing methods for communicating medical data to patients and providers (e.g., the risks and benefits of cancer treatment) and the development and testing of decision support interventions. Her recent work is testing the impact of patient decision aids on patient-physician communication. Additionally, she is testing multiple methods for communicating about genetic testing and infectious diseases (e.g., the Zika virus, Ebola, influenza). Her research has been funded by VA, NCI, NIH, and the European Union.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Kent State University
Experimental Psychology
Graduate Training Kent State University
Experimental Psychology
Undergraduate Hope College