Mary Politi, PhD

Mary Politi, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

Dr. Politi is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. Her primary research interests include health communication and shared decision-making. Her work helps patients and the public understand health information, explore what is important to them when making health decisions, and collaborate to make evidence-informed decisions that meet their needs. She also trains health care professionals, public health advocates, and members of the public interested in shared decision-making and patient engagement. Dr. Politi’s research includes a focus on reducing health disparities by engaging communities with unmet health needs and including them in both research and dissemination efforts. She works extensively with stakeholders to ensure her research is relevant to end users in clinical and community settings.


  • 2004: MPhil, clinical psychology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 2006: PhD, clinical psychology, George Washington University


  • 2006 - 2007: Postdoctoral fellow, behavioral medicine, Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, Providence
  • 2007 - 2009: Postdoctoral fellow, transdisciplinary cancer research, Brown University and the Miriam Hospital, Providence

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