Marla is a senior researcher at AIR with more than a decade of experience in designing and conducting studies related to patient engagement, medical decision-making, health literacy, and health communication. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to answer research questions across the depth and breadth of patient experiences.
Marla’s research interests include investigating how patients and healthcare providers do and don’t communicate with one another; how patients and family members access and use health information, and how health-related information is disseminated and understood by the general public. She has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications.
Prior to joining AIR, Marla was a member of the faculty at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, where she retains an adjunct appointment. She received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.