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Dr. Rebecca K. Delaney, PhD

I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Health System Innovation and Research within the University of Utah Intermountain Health Department of Population Health Sciences at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine.

I initially joined the University of Utah as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2017, under the guidance of of Dr. Angela Fagerlin and Dr. Elissa Ozanne, to gain training in shared decision making and development of patient-centered interventions, such as decision aids. I was promoted to research faculty in January 2022 to continue building my independent research program.

I am a life-span developmental psychologist with expertise in mixed methods and patient-centered interventions. Specifically, my area health services research focuses on developing interventions that promote patient and caregiver engagement in medical care and decisions related to chronic disease management. I am actively recruiting participants for studies related to congential heart disease and pediatric to adult care transitions.

In addition to research, I am passionate about contributing to our department and university community through service as a Co-Director of Postdoctoral Scholars, Chair of our department's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Support and Retention Sub-Committee, and mentor of diverse undergraduate student researchers.

Born in the small town of Oswego, NY, which is along Lake Ontario, I was accustom to snow and it has been a joy to spend time skiing in the snow-capped mountains around Salt Lake City. During other seasons, I love to go on road trips with my husband and dog for camping, hiking, and rock climbing adventures.

Actively recruiting

Current Projects


Navigating the EXperience of healthcare Transitions by helping Adolescents and Young Adults be Informed, Self-directed, and Empowered

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Understanding Self-Advocacy and Implications of Living with Congenital Heart Disease

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