Ongoing Research

Study 1...Examines the quality of life of central nervous system tumor survivors and their families. We want to know how they have survived (physically, emotional, etc.) and whether or not the family dynamic or the child has changed. Interviews will be conducted with parents and children, a weeklong in house observation will occur for each family. Researcher will live with family for a week and shadow the child and family.

Study 2...Examines the affects of bias, if any, on the medical decision making model; regarding medical treatment in AIDS patients. Clinicians and future clinicians will be given a questionnaire about their assumed treatment of a 20yr old woman with AIDS. Will they prescribe AZT or not? Does it matter how the woman contracted Aids (drug use or blood transfusion)? If so, why and how does this bias affect the outcome of treatment?

Study 3...Examines the cognitive dissonance of woman regarding ideal outcomes of breast cancer surgery. Women are given a story about a woman who has breast cancer and told what options she has (no surgery, remove cancer, remove breast with reconstruction, and remove breast without reconstruction). She will then evaluate each option according to her ideals. She will name the three most important people in her life (including doctor) and rate the importance of their advice. They will then assume what option each person would choose for them. If a woman and someone important in her life has the same amount of importance but their opinions differ where does that leave the woman? How does that affect her?

Study 4...Examines Stereotypes and bias in dental procedures. Research shows that blacks and other minorities are more likely to need dental procedures preformed or have bad teeth yet they are less likely to receive the care they need. Why is that? What are the differences between stereotyping (conscious) and bias (unconscious error) in medical decision-making and how does that affect the patient?

Study 5...Looks at PTSD of civil servants (police, paramedics, and fire fighters) and their experience thereof. Does the vicarious affects of PTSD qualify as less, more so or equal to those who experience them first hand? Does the work of these modern day heroes affect them mentally, if so, in what way?