Tamar Krishnamurti, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Clinical and Translational Science
Research in Brief
Tamar Krishnamurti’s research interests include risk perception and communication, medical decision making and the design of effective communications, decision support tools and behavioral interventions. She is particularly focused on vulnerable and high-risk social groups. Her work combines quantitative and qualitative methods to research diverse topic areas, including pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health, addiction, informed consent and environmentally conscious behavior.
Click here to read Difficult Decision Making: Pregnancy and the COVID-19 Vaccine (op-ed by Tamar Krishnamurti)
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Development and Testing of a Postpartum Risk Identification and Support Tool
This research takes a patient-centered design approach to developing a tool for birthgiving people to use after delivery. This tool will allow for early risk identification and delivery of social support and appropriate resources to minimize the chance of adverse maternal health outcomes in the early postpartum period. This is supported in part by the S&R Foundation’s Kuno Award for Applied Science for Social Good.
Identifying Peripartum Depression from Natural Language
This research examines how the topics (the people and events mentioned) and sentiment (the positive, negative, and neutral affect) expressed in routine journal entries correspond to diagnostic measures of depression and treatment-seeking in a peripartum clinical population. This work has implications for depression phenotyping and applications to clinical care for depression among birthgiving people. This is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.
MyHealthyPregnancy Mobile Health App: Combining Behavioral Science and Machine Learning for Risk Communication During the Peripartum Period
This work evaluates the feasibility of a personalized mobile health platform to predict and deliver risk information to birthgiving people and their healthcare providers during pregnancy for both English and Spanish-speaking pregnant populations. This is supported, in part, from the Centers for Disease Control.
- Krishnamurti T, Eggers SL, Fischhoff B. The impact of over-the-counter availability of Plan B on teens’ contraceptive decision making. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Aug;67(4):618-627. PubMed PMID: 18538457.
- Krishnamurti T, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Fischhoff B. A randomized trial testing US Food and Drug Administration “Breakthrough” Language. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Nov;175(11):1856-1858. PubMed PMID: 26390245
- Krishnamurti T, Argo N. A patient-centered approach to informed consent: Results from a survey and randomized trial. Med Decis Making. 2016 Aug;36(6):726-740. PubMed PMID: 26964877.