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Marla Clayman, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:
Adjunct Associate Professor, Medicine, General Medicine Division; Feinberg School of Medicine

Member of:
Cancer Control & Survivorship


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Cancer Focused Research:

Decision making and communication for cancer patients, those at increased risk for developing cancer, their families, and their healthcare providers.

Marla L. Clayman, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She received both her MPH (1999) and her PhD (2003) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, she was a Cancer Prevention Fellow working in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland. Broadly, her interests lie in understanding how patients and healthcare providers do and don't communicate with one another - and then intervening to facilitate meaningful communication and decision making. She has extensive experience in the design and testing of patient education materials and decision aids. Her specific research interests focus on patient activation and healthcare decision making across the cancer continuum. She has received funding from the American Cancer Society - Illinois Division and the National Cancer Institute.