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Dr Leila Mehdizadeh
GF/664
UCL Medical School, Royal Free Hospital
Hampstead
London
NW3 2PF
Tel: 020 3108 9218
Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Biography

I graduated with a first class honours degree in Psychology, from the University of Leeds. From my undergraduate degree I became interested in areas of applied health psychology, in particular the complexity around making decisions in the clinical context from both patient and doctor perspective.


My PhD thesis focused on ways to facilitate the judgements and decisions doctors have to make in the workplace. I developed a theory based educational intervention that involved teaching doctors about the basic "science" behind their clinical reasoning. My PhD was jointly supervised by a health psychologist and two medical educators. I came to UCL in 2012 to continue research in medical education. 

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research interests can be divided broadly into 1) improving patient and clinician decision making and 2) understanding poor performance in medical doctors. I have worked on studies that have used the decision making theory to inform the design of an educational intervention for doctors and patient decision aids. I believe that evidence on information processing, heuristics and bias is potentially very useful to help healthcare professionals and patients make complex decisions. 

I currently work on a project about furthering understanding about poor performance in medical doctors. This work is funded by the UK's medical regulatory body, the General Medical Council. 


Teaching Summary

Presentation Skills - Year four medical students

Microteach sessions on the Training to Teach course - Postgraduate doctors

Introduction to Qualitative Research - Year one psychology students

Personal tutor - year one and two medical students

Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctorat – Decision Sciences University of Leeds
2008 PGCert Postgraduate Certificate – Medical Research University of Leeds
2006 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology University of Leeds
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