Dr. Schwartz joined DME in 1997 after receiving his PhD in Cognitive Psychology and MS in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the psychology of decision making in both patients and physicians. In patients, his work has focused on risk perception, patient-physician fit, and the impact of non-medical goals on the evaluation of health states. In physicians, his work has focused on contextual errors in decision making and updating of beliefs when exposed to new evidence.
He has received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Application of Medical Decision Making Research, the Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education, the UIC Distinguished Researcher of the Year award, the UIC Honors College Fellow of the Year award, and three UIC teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching award, UIC's highest recognition for teaching. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Decision Making, and Director of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Longitudinal Educational Assessment Research Network (APPD LEARN). His most recent books are Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care (with Saul Weiner, Oxford University Press 2015) and Medical Decision Making: A Physician's Guide (with George Bergus, Cambridge University Press 2008).
He is the course director for Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Health Professions Education, Clinical Decision Making, and Introductory Quantitative Data Analysis. He holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, where he teaches and studies evidence-based medicine and runs a journal faculty research careeer seminar.
Alan's personal home page is at http://araw.mede.uic.edu/alansz.