December 2021
Fixing Healthcare: How Activated Patients Can Guide Us Forward
​​​​​Author Biographies 

Caitlyn Allen, MPH, Patient Safety Authority
Caitlyn Allen ( is director of Engagement for the Patient Safety Authority and managing editor for Patient Safety, the PSA’s peer-reviewed journal. Before joining the PSA, she was the project manager for Patient Safety at Jefferson Health, where she also was the only nonphysician elected to serve on the House Staff Quality and Safety Leadership Council. Previously, Allen also was a project manager and patient safety officer for Wills Eye Hospital.

Judith H. Hibbard, PhD, University of Oregon
Judith H. Hibbard is a senior researcher and professor emerita at the University of Oregon. Her studies focus on public reporting of health­care quality, health literacy, and patient activation. She is the lead author of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM). Dr. Hibbard holds a master's degree in public health from UCLA and her doctoral degree is from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.


Studies show patients who are more “activated” (i.e., invested in their care) are more likely to have better outcomes. Dr. Judith H. Hibbard, researcher and professor emerita at the University of Oregon, explains what it means to be activated—and how being so may just save your life.


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