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Louis Penner

Louis A. Penner is Professor of Oncology at Wayne State University and Senior Research Scientist in Communication and Behavioral Oncology at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. He is also an Adjunct Research Scientist at the University of Michigan's Research Center for Group Dynamics, and he is past-President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).  Besides SPSSI he is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, The Society of  Experimental Social Psychology and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He has authored or co-authored nine books, including several on prosocial behavior, as well as over 30 chapters and over 100 articles. His current research concerns doctor-patient communication, the role of individual and social variables in patient treatment and recovery, and the role of race and ethnicity in quality of health care.  This body of work was supported by the National Cancer Institute and won the 2014 Department of Oncology Kales award for outstanding oncology research. His work on the effects of implicit bias in medical setting has been published in both psychology and medical journals and was recently featured online by Reuters.  He has been a PI or Co-PI on several RO1 and R-21 awards from NCI He has served on several NIH review panels, most recently for five years on the Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes panel.


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