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Lauren McCormack

Director, Center for Communication Science

Lauren McCormack, PhD, MSPH, focuses on promoting informed decision making through effective communication and measuring and evaluating the impact of health-related information on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Dr. McCormack has studied public health topics including cancer, diabetes, and developmental disabilities and examined health insurance decision making. For nearly two decades, she has led or participated in studies for AHRQ, CDC, NCI, FDA, CMS, and RWJF. Dr. McCormack has presented her findings at national conferences and published nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles in the following journals: the Journal of Health Communication, Health Services Research, Medical Care, Health Affairs, Medical Decision Making, The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, the Journal of Cancer Education, the Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Health Education Research. She is an associate editor of the RTI Press and was a guest editor of a 2010 special health literacy issue of the Journal of Health Communication.


PhD, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MSPH, Health Policy/Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA, Legal Studies/Public Health/Business Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Latest Publications

Kane, H.L., Halpern, M.T., Squiers, L.B., Treiman, K.A., & McCormack, L.A. (2014). Implementing and evaluating shared decision making in oncology practice. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 64 (6):377-388.
Kish-Doto, J., Moultrie, R., McCormack, L., Furberg, R.D., & LaBresh, K.A. (2014). Assessing patient–provider communication barriers to implementing new expert panel risk reduction guidelines. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 7 (3):214-227.
Kish-Doto, J., Scales, M., Eguino-Medina, P., Fitzgerald, T., Tzeng, J.P., McCormack, L.A., O'Donoghue, A., Oguntimein, O., & West, S.L. (2014). Preferences for patient medication information: What do patients want?. Journal of Health Communication, 19 (Suppl 2):77-88.
Squiers, L., Renaud, J., McCormack, L., Tzeng, J., Bann, C., & Williams, P. (2014). How Accurate Are Americans' Perceptions of Their Own Weight?. Journal of Health Communication, 19 (7):795-812.
McCormack, L., Haun, J., Sorensen, K., & Valerio, M. (2013). Recommendations for Advancing Health Literacy Measurement. Journal of Health Communication, 18 (Suppl. 1):9-14.
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