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Welcome to the Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making


Research Focus

CeMPED's mission is to support excellent research across the interface of Psychology, Medicine and Public Health to answer questions about: the behavioural factors which promote good health and prevent disease; ways to enhance the psychosocial adjustment of patients and carers; ways to increase use of evidence in health care decision making; and ways to support patients to be more involved in their own health care. CeMPED's research strengths lie in three themes:

  1. Living with Illness:
    • Managing risk
    • Diagnosis and active treatment through to survivorship
    • Supportive and EOL care
  2. Decision making:
    • Shared decision making
    • Risk communication
    • Medical consultation behaviours
    • Decision support
  3. Vulnerable groups:
    • Low literacy
    • Cultural and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (CALD)
    • Rural
    • Ageing
    • Carers



CeMPED is co-directed by Professor Phyllis Butow (School of Psychology), Professor Martin Tattersall (Central Clinical School) and Professor Alexandra Barratt (School of Public Health). CeMPED is a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary organisation that sits within the School of Psychology, the School of Public Health and the Department of Medicine within the Faculties of Science and Medicine. It combines the two very active existing research groups within the University; the Medical Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) and the Sydney Health Decision Group (SHDG).

We currently have over 50 staff and students. Since 1995, the staff of CeMPED have: won over 70 peer reviewed grants, worth over $20 000 000; published over 400 articles in high impact factor journals; and been active in the media and community organisations to promote the implementation of their work.



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