Sandra Reitz Wilson, Ph.D., is Senior Scientist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Research Institute and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and from 1997-2013 the Chair of its Department of Health Services Research. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and zoology from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate in physiological (experimental) psychology from Stanford University, where she also did a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology.
Dr. Wilson has served on the board of directors of the American Thoracic Society as chair of its Behavioral Sciences Assembly; the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Assessment of Asthma and Indoor Air Quality, which produced the book “Clearing the Air”; the Pulmonary Diseases Advisory Committee of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI); the executive committee of the NHLBI Workshop on Outcomes Measures for Asthma Clinical Research as Co-Chair of the Quality of Life subcommittee; the executive committee of the NHLBI Working Group on Asthma in the Elderly; the American Lung Association (ALA) Advisory Committee on Certification of Asthma Educators; the ALA Advisory Council; and has and continues to serve on numerous other federal, state, and professional organization boards and committees, editorial boards, and National Institute of Health (NIH) peer review and advisory committees.
As the Principal /Co-Principal Investigator, she has been awarded a total of 11 multi-year investigator-initiated research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy, has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator Investigator on 32 additional research grants/contracts from other federal agencies, foundations, academic institutions, and professional associations, and Program Director on four Biomedical Research Support grants to provide research training and mentoring for high school/undergraduate students under-represented in the sciences.
Prior to joining the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Research Institute in 1997, Dr. Wilson was on the staff of the American Institutes for Research in Palo Alto, where she was Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Institute for Health Care Research, and for 17 years the director of the development of all materials and test forms for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
The published results of her research and its products – both educational programs and tests and measurement instruments and procedures - have had major impact on patient education, on methods for evaluation of behavioral and medical interventions in health care, the selection of medical students, and the selection of awardees of National Health Service Corps’ scholarships for health professions training.
In 2006, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Behavioral Sciences Assembly of the American Thoracic Society for her outstanding scientific contributions and service related to the behavioral aspects of the prevention and treatment of lung diseases, and is actively involved in research on shared treatment decision making between patients and clinicians, the measurement of patient-centered outcomes, and research directed at understanding the relationship between asthma and obesity.
In 2014 she was awarded a grant from the National Heart Lung
and Blood Institute to study a new measurement scale she has developed to assess patients’
perception of the impact of a disease and its treatment on their quality of life,
which takes a novel approach to this important measurement problem.
- Experimental evaluation of novel approaches to changing health behaviors of patients and/or the clinical practices and communication behaviors of health care providers in order to improve patient health or reduce health risks
- Measurement of health status and outcomes, especially patient-centered outcomes
- Clinical research methods, both quantitative and qualitative
- Asthma and other lung diseases and related co-morbid conditions
- Older adults and other vulnerable populations and those experiencing disparities in health and health care
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