Debra Roter, DrPH
University Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
I am a Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Bloomberg School of Public Health with joint appointments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. I received my doctorate from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1977 and have been on the Hopkins faculty since 1979.
Over the past four decades, my research has focused on the study of patient-provider communication. I am author of Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS), a method of coding medical dialogue that has been translated into 15 languages and is used worldwide. My current research includes investigations of social, racial and gender disparities in medical communication and its relationship to health outcomes, the role of family caregivers in supporting health care safety and quality, and training interventions to enhance patient-centered care. I have authored over 250 articles and several books and have been recognized by the Web of Science as among the most highly cited in the social and behavioral sciences.