Meghan C. Halley, PhD, MPH,
Assistant Research Anthropologist, Department of Health Services Research
795 El Camino Real, Ames Building
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2302
As an Assistant Research Anthropologist in the Department of Health Services Research, Dr. Halley is responsible for conducting and overseeing qualitative and mixed-method research and data analyses across multiple projects focused on patient engagement and its potential impact on patient’s care experiences and health outcomes. Dr. Halley’s current research includes an ethnographic study examining how patients diagnosed with breast and colorectal cancer and their relatives negotiate the genetic counseling and testing process. She also manages the Partners in Medical Decision Making Program, a demonstration project funded by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation (IMDF) to study the best methods for implementing decision aid use in primary care practice, and the Zone of Openness project, a pilot study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to examine the comparative effectiveness of multiple interventions for activating and engaging patients in routine clinical care.
Dr. Halley received her doctorate in Medical Anthropology and her master’s degree in Public Health from Case Western Reserve University. In addition to research in patient engagement, Dr. Halley has worked on a variety of health topics that have integrated her social science and public health training, conducting research in both domestic and international settings. Her dissertation research examined the impact of rapid cultural change on adolescent sexual relationships in rural Tanzania. In addition to her current research interests related to patient engagement, she particularly interested in exploring methods for engaging children and adolescents in their health care and medical decision-making.
- 2012 Ph.D. - Medical Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University
- 2009 MPH - Master of Public Health, Case Western Reserve University
- 2007 M.A. - Medical Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University
- 2005 B.A. - Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lin, G, MC Halley, KAS Rendle, C Tietbohl, SG May, L Trujillo, & DL Frosch. (2013). “An Effort To Spread Decision Aids In Five California Primary Care Practices Yielded Low Distribution, Highlighting Hurdles.” Health Affairs. In Press.
Halley, M and A English (2008). “Health Care for Homeless Youth: Policy Options for Improving Access.” Chapel Hill, NC: Center for Adolescent Health & the Law; and San Francisco, CA: Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Middle Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Health, December 2008.
Halley MC, Lalumandier, JA, Walker, JD, and JH Houston (2008).“A Regional Survey of Dentists' Preferences for Hiring a Dental Associate.” Journal of the American Dental Association, 139(7): 973-979.
Demko, CA, Halley, MC, Lalumandier, JA, Patel, J and K Stange (2007)."Knowledge and Attitudes of Ohio Family Physicians – Oral Health Promotion." Ohio Family Physician. 59(3): 44-5.