Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator; Economic Impact of Clinical Trials for Childhood Cancers

Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH, is Principal Investigator on the UPenn PRC Economic Impact of Clinical Trials for Childhood Cancer Project. Dr. Schapira is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Equity Research Program (CHERP) at Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her research has focused in the area of health literacy, health numeracy, patient-physician communication and medical decision making. Methods used include mixed methods approaches, preference elicitation with utility assessments and conjoint analysis, and the development and evaluation of shared decision making interventions. Dr. Schapira also has expertise in psychometrics and measurement of health numeracy and patient reported outcomes and has developed and evaluated decision aids for prostate cancer screening and treatment and post-menopausal hormone therapy. She is beginning work funded by the VA to develop a lung cancer screening decision-aid. As part of her focus on health literacy, she has developed a theoretical framework for health numeracy and a cross-culturally equivalent measure of health numeracy using item response theory called the Numeracy Understanding in Medicine Instrument (NUMI). The NUMI is being translated into Spanish and a computer adaptive version created in work supported by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Schapira is currently the project leader on an NCI 1U54CA163313 entitled, Penn Center for Innovation in Personalized Screening, which is part of the NCI supported PROSPR (Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens, network. She is leading the project designed to develop, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of a web-based decision aid for women aged 40-49 that are considering options for breast cancer screening. Dr. Schapira co-leads the Cancer Control research program of the Abramson Cancer Center and the Health Policy Research track of the Masters of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.   To learn more, visit: