Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine



Karen Kelly-Blake

Karen Kelly-Blake photo

Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Medicine

C-215 East Fee Hall
(517) 353-8582
karen.kelly-blake @

PhD 2008 Michigan State University
BS 1990 College of Charleston

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake is an Assistant Professor whose research interests include health services research, medical shared decision-making, physician training, health disparities, and medical school curriculum development. She is a medical anthropologist and MSU alum. Karen also teaches in the CHM Social Context of Clinical Decisions courses.

Selected Publications

Kelly-Blake K, Olomu A, Dwamena F, Dontje K, Henry R, Rovner D, Rothert ML, Holmes-Rovner M. Development of a communication skills based workshop for Shared Decision-Making (SDM). European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. Dec 2015;3(4):529-542.


Kelly-Blake K, Clark S, Dontje K, Olomu A, Henry RC, Rovner DR, Rothert ML, Holmes-Rovner, M. Refining a brief decision aid in stable CAD: cognitive interviews. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. ePub Feb 2014;14(10).


Jimbo M, Rana GK, Hawley S, Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Nease DE Jr, Ruffin MT 4th. What is lacking in current decision aids on cancer screening? CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2013 May; 63(3): 193–214.

McCaffery K, Sheridan S, Nutbeam D, Clayman M, Kelly-Blake K, Holmes-Rovner M, Rovner D, Smith S, Wolf M. Chapter J: Addressing Health Literacy. In: Volk R, Llewellyn-Thomas H, eds. 2012 Update of the International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) Collaboration’s Background Document. 2012.

Dontje K, Kelly-Blake K, Olomu A, et al. Nurse-led Group Visits Support Shared Decision-Making in Stable Coronary Artery Disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2012.

Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Dwamena F, et al. Shared Decision Making Guidance Reminders in Practice (SDM-GRIP). Patient Education and Counseling. 2011: 85(2): 214-24.

Pylar J, Wills C, Lillie J, Rovner D, Kelly-Blake K, Holmes-Rovner M. Men's Interpretations of Graphical iformation in a Videotape Decision Aid. Health Expect. 2007;10(2):184-93.

Selected Achievements and Awards

Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Member, American Anthropological Association

Member, American Public Health Association