Implicit Bias: How the Unconscious Mind Drives Decisions and Communication

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Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: ZOOM
Category: Other

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The Wayne State University School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science Group (WIMS) welcomes all members of our community to join us for a Special Interactive Discussion with Lauren Hamel, Ph.D.

"Implicit Bias: How the Unconscious Mind Drives Decisions and Communication"

At the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. To understand the science and measurement of implicit bias research
  2. To understand how implicit bias can negatively influence human behavior with a focus on decision making and communication behavior.
  3. To articulate evidence-based strategies to mitigate the influence of implicit bias on decision making and behavior.

Lauren HamelLauren M. Hamel, PhD,is an assistant professor and scientific member of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Hamel is an expert in patient-physician communication, cancer treatment disparities, and in building and testing interventions to improve patient-physician communication. She was PI of two recently completed NIH-funded studies assessing nonverbal synchrony and nonverbal communication that occurs between Black patients with cancer and their oncologists during clinical interactions. She is investigating aspects of nonverbal communication as potential markers of racial attitudes (e.g., physician unconscious bias, patient suspicion of medical care) and predictors of interaction outcomes (R21MD011766; R03CA195147).

Currently, Dr. Hamel is PI of an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Health Equity Grant (R01 equivalent; RSG-20-026-01-CPHPS) to test the effectiveness of a patient-focused intervention, the Discussions of Cost (DISCO) App, on patient-provider treatment cost discussions and other patient financial toxicity-related outcomes.

She has published her work in 30+ articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Cancer, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and JCO Oncology Practice

November 2020