Angela Fagerlin, PhD



Angie Fagerlin studied psychology and literature at Hope College and received her PhD in experimental (cognitive) psychology at Kent State University. Her primary research focus is testing methods for communicating the risks and benefits of treatment to patients (e.g., in decision aids) and testing the use of decision aids in clinical practice. Her current research is testing how decision aids affect patient-physician communication.  Her outside interests include supporting Ann Arbor restaurants (given that her interests do not include cooking), running, and traveling with her husband and sons.

Recent Publications:

Helping patients decide: Ten steps to better risk communication
Fagerlin A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel P. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2011;103(19):.

Increased precision in online risk calculators doesn't help and might hurt
Witteman H, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Waters EA, Gavaruzzi T, Fagerlin A. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2011;13(3):e54.

Recent Press Coverage:

Decision guide reduced uncertainty over breast cancer prevention, study finds
University of Michigan Health System Press Release - April 16, 2012

Wrapping your mind around important medical decisions
Chicago Tribune - November 04, 2011