Alison Butler, PhD
Education & Training
- Ohio State University, BA, 2016
- Carnegie Mellon University, MS, 2020
Butler A, Chapman GB. Don't Throw Your Heart Away: Increased Transparency of Donor Utilization Practices in Transplant Center Report Cards Alters How Center Performance Is Evaluated. Med Decis Making. 2022 Apr;42(3):341-351. doi: 10.1177/0272989X211038941. Epub 2021 Oct 4. PMID: 34605713.
Godown J, Butler A, Lebovitz DJ, Chapman G. Predictors of Deceased Organ Donation in the Pediatric Population. Pediatrics. 2021 Jun;147(6):e2020009506. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-009506. Epub 2021 May 7. PMID: 33963074;.
Butler A, Chapman G, Johnson JN, Amodeo A, Böhmer J, Camino M, Davies RR, Dipchand AI, Godown J, Miera O, Pérez-Blanco A, Rosenthal DN, Zangwill S, Kirk R. Behavioral economics-A framework for donor organ decision-making in pediatric heart transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2020 May;24(3):e13655. doi: 10.1111/petr.13655. Epub 2020 Jan 27. PMID: 31985140.
Godown J, Schumacher KR, Butler A, Chapman G, Dipchand AI, Kaslow WW, Bearl DW, Kirk R. Patients and their family members prioritize post-transplant survival over waitlist survival when considering donor hearts for transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2020;24(2):e13589. Epub 2019/09/29. doi: 10.1111/petr.13589. PubMed PMID: 31562687
Godown J, Schumacher KR, Butler A, Chapman G, Dipchand AI, Kaslow WW, Bearl DW, Kirk R. Patients and their family members prioritize post-transplant survival over waitlist survival when considering donor hearts for transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2020 Mar;24(2):e13589. doi: 10.1111/petr.13589. Epub 2019 Sep 27. PMID: 31562687.
Kirk R, Dipchand AI, Davies RR, Miera O, Chapman G, Conway J, Denfield S, Gossett JG, Johnson J, McCulloch M, Schweiger M, Zimpfer D, Ablonczy L, Adachi I, Albert D, Alexander P, Amdani S, Amodeo A, Azeka E, Ballweg J, Beasley G, Böhmer J, Butler A, Camino M, Castro J, Chen S, Chrisant M, Christen U, Danziger-Isakov L, Das B, Everitt M, Feingold B, Fenton M, Garcia-Guereta L, Godown J, Gupta D, Irving C, Joong A, Kemna M, Khulbey SK, Kindel S, Knecht K, Lal AK, Lin K, Lord K, Möller T, Nandi D, Niesse O, Peng DM, Pérez-Blanco A, Punnoose A, Reinhardt Z, Rosenthal D, Scales A, Scheel J, Shih R, Smith J, Smits J, Thul J, Weintraub R, Zangwill S, Zuckerman WA. ISHLT consensus statement on donor organ acceptability and management in pediatric heart transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2020 Apr;39(4):331-341. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2020.01.1345. Epub 2020 Jan 31. PMID: 32088108.
Ali's research uses insights from the fields of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore how information presentation impacts scenarios unique to medicine. Specifically, she examines how medical information can be presented to physicians and patients in a way they can use it. Just as the goals of information provision vary widely, her ongoing projects approach this topic in several unique settings, including transplant medicine and organ donation, novel HIV prevention methods, and lay understanding of vaccine efficacy rates. She applies tools from behavioral decision science such as empirical human subjects studies, qualitative interview methods, and large-scale data science techniques, which allow her to identify which behavioral variables are at play in decisions faced by both clinicians and patients. Education: Dual-degree BS in Neuroscience and Economics from The Ohio State University, MS in Behavioral Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon University, Expected PhD (Class of 2022) in Behavioral Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon University, Expected MD (Class of 2024) from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Jeremy Weiss, PhD
Gretchen Chapman, PhD
Information Framing in Medical Decision Making