Faculty Profile

J. Scott Roberts, PhD

J. Scott Roberts, PhD

  • Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • Co-Director, Dual-Degree (MPH/MS) Program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling
  • Director, ELSI Research Training Program
  • Room 2834, SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Dr. Roberts is Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education (HBHE). Prior to joining the HBHE faculty in Fall 2006, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Boston University (BU) School of Medicine. At U-M, he serves as a Co-Director of the U-M dual-degree program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling and a core faculty member in the U-M Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine. He also directs the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core of the NIH-funded Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center. Finally, Dr. Roberts serves as Program Director of the U-M ELSI Research Training Program. This NIH-funded T32 training grant provides support for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows with interests in the ethics, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of advances in genomic science and technology.

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1999
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1996
  • B.A., English, Duke University, 1992

Dr. Roberts' research interests focus on the process and impact of risk assessment and disclosure for adult-onset disorders, as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomic science and technology. He has served since 2001 as Co-Principal Investigator of the REVEAL Study (Risk Evaluation & Education for Alzheimer's Disease). REVEAL is an NIH-funded series of clinical trials assessing the psychological and behavioral impact of APOE genotype-based risk disclosure in individuals with a family history of Alzheimer's disease (AD). A current REVEAL Study trial, the fifth in the series, is now examining the impact of disclosing amyloid neuroimaging results to cognitively normal older adults at elevated risk of AD. Recently completed projects that Dr. Roberts has led or co-led include: 1) the Impact of Personal Genomics (PGen) study, a NIH-funded R01 project surveying the motivations, attitudes and behaviors of consumers receiving personal genomics services; and 2) the MI-ONCOSEQ project, a collaboration with investigators at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center to examine ethical and health communication issues in the use of whole-genome sequencing to customize care of patients with advanced and refractory cancers. This latter project was part of the national NIH Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) consortium.

  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities
  • International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research & Treatment

Rabid Duke basketball fan