Plenary Speakers

Alan_radleyALAN RADLEY
Alan Radley is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He is Founding Editor of the journal health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. His main research interest has been the experience of chronic illness, on which topic he has published numerous articles and books including Prospects of Heart Surgery (Springer, 1988) and Making Sense of Illness (Sage, 1994). In his later work he has used visual methods to study recovery on hospital wards and communication within the outpatient consultation. He has recently published a book on the aesthetics of communicating the experience of life-threatening disease, Works of Illness: narrative, picturing and the social response to serious disease (InkerMen Press, 2009).
Dr. Debra Roter is Professor of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds appointments of Professor in the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Nursing and with the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Roter’s primary research focus is in the study of patient-health care provider communication.  She is the author of the Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS), a method of process analysis applied to medical exchange used by researchers and educators throughout the world.  Her studies include basic research regarding social and psychological determinants and consequences of interpersonal influence and dynamics within medical encounters, including gender, racial and language concordance and patient literacy in relation to health care quality and disparities.
Dr. Roter has authored over 200 articles and two books related to the subject of patient-health care provider communication. She is recognized by the Web of Science as among the most highly cited authors in the social sciences with an impact factor over 40.
Dr. Roter is currently Principal Investigator of two NIH grants. The first is an NICHD funded study to assess oral literacy burden of medical communication and to develop an ameliorative patient activation intervention for pregnant women with poor literacy skills. The second study is funded by NIMH to investigate racial disparities in depression care in the US and UK.
Dr. Braddock is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical Education at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Ethics at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. His main research interests include in physician-patient communication and informed decision-making, having developed an assessment scale of the quality of informed decision making in clinical practice and applying it in published studies of informed decision making in a number of areas, such as intensive care units, orthopedic surgical practice, and preventive and screening services. His work in this area has extended into cultural competence, and he is currently leading an effort among eighteen medical schools to developing curriculum in cultural competence and healthcare disparities.