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Chapman, Gretchen

Phone: 732-445-2640

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1990

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Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
The psychology of judgment and decision making, clinical decision making and patient preferences, preventive health behavior, especially vaccination, and decisions about future outcomes.
Teaching Areas
Psychology, cognition, decision processes, and health psychology.
Memberships and Professional Service
Associate member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, 1997-present; Assistant Professor of Clinical Decision Making, Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1992-1996; Research Health Scientist in Health Services Research, Department of Veterans Affairs, West Side Medical Center, Chicago, 1993-1996; Post-doctoral fellow, Decision Sciences and Marketing Departments, The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, 1990-1992.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Received American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Applied Research, 1998/1999; Awarded with the Society for Medical Decision Making Award for Outstanding Paper by a Young Investigator 2000; Selected to be a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, 2007; Reseach funding from NSF, AHRQ, and the McDonnell Foundation, eight grants between 1995-2007.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research compares how people make decisions with normative models of the best or most rational method for making decisions. I focus primarily, but not exclusively, on decision processes that are important in the areas of health and medicine. One of my long-standing interests concerns the role of risk and time delay in decision making, and how these play out in preventive health behavior. More recently, I have become interested in decision processes in surrogate decision making. In addition, I am also engaged in a number of other research projects that explore fundamental cognitive processes underlying decision making, such as anchoring, choice biases, and risk perception and vaccination.