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Galen E. Switzer, PhD


Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Clinical and Translational Science

Director, PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science

Associate Director, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion

Co-Director, VA Health Services Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Office: 3501 Forbes Ave.
Oxford Building, Suite 410
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-246-6564
Fax: 412-586-9255
E-mail: switzerge@upmc.edu

BA in Psychology, McPherson College, 1985
MA in Social Psychology, Arizona State University, 1989
PhD in Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1993

Postdoctoral Studies in Medical Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 1996

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Organ and tissue donation and transplantation
Quality of life
Altruistic behavior

Dr. Switzer joined the faculty in 1996. His current research focuses on psychosocial issues in organ and tissue donation and transplantation. For the past several years, he has collaborated closely with the National Marrow Donor Program to investigate unrelated hematopoietic stem cell donors' motivations, decision-making processes, and donation-related experiences. In addition, he consults regularly with other faculty, fellows, and residents on psychometric issues at the Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) and at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), where he is co-chief of the Measurement Core.

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