Dr. Lauren McCormack

Lauren McCormack, PhD, MSPH

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Lauren McCormack, PhD, MSPH, focuses on promoting informed decision making through effective communication and measuring and evaluating the impact of health-related information on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.

Dr. McCormack has studied public health topics including cancer, diabetes, and developmental disabilities and examined health insurance decision making. For nearly two decades, she has led or participated in studies for AHRQ, CDC, NCI, FDA, CMS, and RWJF.

Dr. McCormack has presented her findings at national conferences and published nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles in the following journals: the Journal of Health Communication, Health Services Research, Medical Care, Health Affairs, Medical Decision Making, The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, the Journal of Cancer Education, the Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Health Education Research. She is an associate editor of the RTI Press and was a guest editor of a 2010 special health literacy issue of the Journal of Health Communication.

Research Activities

  • Interventions to promote health behavior change
  • Informed decision making
  • Health literacy
  • Patient-centered communication


  • BA, Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1989
  • MSPH, Health Policy/Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992
  • PhD, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000