The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation Research team contributes to innovative research projects within the realm of shared decision making. The team funds Foundation-directed projects and investigator-initiated projects focusing on research questions that advance evidence-based shared decision making. Research areas of particular interest include the effectiveness of different methods of presenting health information and risk data, measuring patient involvement and decision satisfaction, and implementing informed and shared decision making in the clinical setting.
Floyd J. Fowler Jr., PhD Senior Scientific Advisor
Jack is responsible for defining the Foundation’s research agenda and disseminating results related to the Foundation's mission. Since the Foundation’s inception, he has worked on the dual tasks of understanding patient perspectives on treatment decisions and evaluating programs designed to help patients make decisions. Jack served as president of the Foundation from 2002-2009. He is a social scientist specializing in survey research methods and has been a senior research fellow at the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, since 1971; he served as its director for 14 years. Jack has been a major contributor to the research on patient outcomes and on how patients are affected by the treatments they receive. He holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.
Carrie Levin, PhD Director of Research
Carrie manages the Foundation's research activities in support of the organization’s mission. She is involved in the design, collection, analysis and dissemination of research instruments, protocols and results. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a senior analyst at Qualidigm and as an assistant research professor at the Institute for Health, Health Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Carrie holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD in health services research from the University of Minnesota.
Vickie Stringfellow Research Scientist
Vickie oversees data collection, organization, analysis and synthesis for the Foundation's research, evaluation and implementation programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Vickie worked as the director of Knowledge Management for Boston Afterschool & Beyond and as a research fellow at the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Bethany Gerstein Research Associate
Bethany is responsible for data collection, management, analysis and synthesis for the Foundation's research and implementation programs. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2011, she spent a year in Rwanda as a Global Health Corps fellow and worked as a people analyst at Google, where she analyzed data and conducted research to inform people-related decisions at the organization. Bethany holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University.