Karen Kelly-Blake

Karen Kelly-Blake photo

Associate Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Medicine

C-215 East Fee Hall
(517) 353-8582
kellyka1 @ msu.edu

PhD 2008 Michigan State University
BS 1990 College of Charleston

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake is an Associate Professor whose research interests include health services, shared decision-making, clinical communication skills and training, men’s health, health equity, medical workforce policy, and medical education faculty development. She is a medical anthropologist and MSU alumna. Dr. Kelly-Blake is also a CHM Shared Discovery Faculty Fellow.

Selected Publications

Jimbo M, Sen A, Plegue M, Hawley S, Kelly-Blake K, Rapai M, Zhang M, Zhang Y, Ruffin IV M. Correlates of patient intent and preference on colorectal cancer screening. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Available online 3 February 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2016.11.026

Olomu A, Hart-Davidson W,Luo Z, Kelly-Blake K, Holmes-Rovner M. Implementing Shared Decision Making in Federally Qualified Health Centers: The Office-Guidelines Applied to Practice (Office-GAP) Program. BMC Health Services Research. 2016;16(1):1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1603-3

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. http://ipdas.ohri.ca/resources.html.

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, Academy Health

Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

Member, American Anthropological Association

Member, American Public Health Association