Karen B. Eden
Karen Eden, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU. Dr. Eden earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Ball State University. She then earned a Masters degree in Biomechanics, Physiology, and Anatomy at University of Iowa. She later attended Portland State University, where she earned an M.S. in Engineering Management and a Ph.D. in Systems Science/Engineering Management. The focus of her research was decision science (understanding how people make decisions).
Karen has worked as a Research and Development Professional at the Nike Sport Research Laboratory in Beaverton, Oregon, and also as a Senior Research Analyst for Providence Health System in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Eden's main research interests center around patient and clinician decision-making. She has built decision analyses, written evidence reports on diagnostic accuracy and patient preferences, and overseen several graduate student decision analysis projects. Currently, she is working with teams of investigators interested in decision making around obstetrics, mammograms for 40-49 year old women, safety planning for abused women, smoking cessation, and fertility preservation for young women cancer patients. She has received federal and foundation grants to design and evaluate computerized decision aids to help patients make decisions around these topics.
In addition to her research, Dr. Eden is the Associate Director of the OHSU Biomedical Informatics Doctoral programs. She oversees the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral admissions, mentoring, and evaluations processes. She teaches Medical Decision Making (BMI 538) in the Biomedical Informatics program and Managerial Decision Making (ISQA 511) in the OHSU Healthcare MBA program.