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J. Roberts

J. Scott Roberts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education

Director, Certificate in Public Health Genetics Program

Co-Director, Dual-Degree (MPH/MS) Program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling

Director, Genomics, Health & Society Program, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine

3854 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

(734) 936-9854; Fax: (734) 763-7379

E-mail: jscottr@umich.edu

Website(s): HBHE Genetics Research Group; Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics; Dual Degree Prorgam in Public Health & Genetic Counseling

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Roberts is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education (HBHE) and Co-Director of the U-M dual-degree program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling. 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, where he was Co-Director of the Education Core in the NIH-funded BU Alzheimer's Disease Center. At U-M, he serves as a Director of the SPH Public Health Genetics Certificate program and also leads the Genomics, Health & Society program within the U-M Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine.

Courses Taught

HBEHED610: Issues in Public Health Ethics    Syllabus (PDF)
HBEHED669: Genetics, Health Behavior, and Health Education    Syllabus (PDF)


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1999
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1996
B.A., English, Duke University, 1992

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Roberts' research interests focus on the process and impact of genetic risk assessment for adult-onset disorders. He has served since 2001 as Co-Principal Investigator of the REVEAL Study (Risk Evaluation & Education for Alzheimer's Disease), an NIH-funded series of clinical trials assessing the psychological and behavioral impact of genetic risk disclosure for Alzheimer's disease. Now in its fourth trial, the REVEAL Study is examining the effects of APOE genotype-based risk disclosure to individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and their study partners. In addition, Dr. Roberts is joint PI of a NIH-funded project to examine the motivations, attitudes and behaviors of consumers receiving personal genomics services. Finally, Dr. Roberts collaborates with investigators at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center on a project to examine ethical and health communication issues involved in the use of whole-genome sequencing to customize care of patients with advanced and refractory cancers.

Selected Publications

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Roberts JS, Dunn L, Rabinovici G (2013). Amyloid imaging, risk disclosure, and Alzheimer’s disease: Ethical and practical issues. Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 3(3), 219-29.

Roberts JS, Uhlmann WR (2013). Genetic susceptibility testing for neurodegenerative diseases: Ethical and practice issues. Progress in Neurobiology, 110, 89-101.

Roberts JS, Chen C, Uhlmann W and Green RC. (2012). Effectiveness of a condensed protocol for disclosing APOE genotype and providing risk education for Alzheimer's disease: The REVEAL Study. Genetics In Medicine, 14, 742-48.

Roberts JS (2012). Genetic testing for Alzheimer's risk: Benefit or burden? Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 2, 141-44.

Roberts JS, Christensen KD, Green RC (2011). Using Alzheimer's disease as a model for genetic risk disclosure: Implications for personal genomics Clinical Genetics, 80, 407-414.

Goldman, J.S., Hahn, S.E., Catania, J.W., LaRusse-Eckert, S., Butson, M.B., Rumbaugh, M., Strecker, M.N., Roberts, J.S., Burke, W., Mayeux, R., Bird, T.D. (2011). Genetic counseling and testing for Alzheimer disease: Joint Practice Guidelines of the American College of Medical Genetics and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Genetics In Medicine, 6, 597-605.

Roberts, J.S., Shalowitz, D.I., Christensen, K.D., Everett, J., Kim, S., Raskin, L., Gruber, S.B. (2010). Returning individual research results: Development of a cancer genetics education and risk communication protocol. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics., 5, 17-30.

Roberts, J.S., Karlawish, J., Uhlmann, W., Petersen, R., Green, R.C. (2010). Mild cognitive impairment in clinical care: A survey of neurologists' attitudes and practices. Neurology, 75, 425-31.

Roberts, J.S., Tersegno, S. (2010). Estimating and disclosing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease: Challenges, controversies and future directions. Future Neurology, 5, 501-517.

Green, R.C., Roberts, J.S., et al. (2009). A randomized trial of APOE disclosure for risk of Alzheimer's disease: The REVEAL Study. New England Journal of Medicine, 361, 245-254.

Professional Affiliations

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

Additional Information

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