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Richard Brown, Ph.D.

Research program member: Cancer Prevention and Control

Box 980149
830 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23298-0149




Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine


PhD, University of Sydney, Australia (2003)
MS, University of New England, Australia (1996)

Research description

Dr. Brown's research helps cancer patients and oncologists communicate more effectively. His research largely centers on developing, implementing, and evaluating communication interventions using the oncologist-patient consultation as the unit of analysis. His research agenda has involved dual paths that have focused on understanding communication from both the patient and oncologist perspectives. Dr. Brown's patient-focused work has included developing and testing patient interventions to help them be more active communicators during their consultations. His oncologist-focused work has involved the development, implementation, and evaluation of training to support sustained uptake of communication skills. Over the past several years, Dr. Brown has developed a specialized research focus exploring cancer clinical trial communication.

Research keywords

Physician-patient communication, clinical trials, health disparities

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