Faculty & Staff
Alan Schwartz, PhDProfessor and Interim Head, The Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Medical Education The Michael Reese Endowed Professor, Research ProfessorMedical Education, Department of Pediatrics
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 journals Medical Decision Making and Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice, 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 course faculty for Scholarship in Health Professions Education, Survey Research Design, and Grant Writing. He is also Research Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, where he teaches and studies evidence-based medicine and is Director of the Pediatrics Research Education Core.