Justin Clapp, PhD, MPH


Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences

Justin Clapp is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Clapp is a medical/linguistic anthropologist who uses qualitative and mixed methods to examine issues of communication that shape the delivery of healthcare, particularly in perioperative settings. He primarily focuses on the area of medical decision making and informed consent, where he applies ethnographic methods and linguistic anthropological theory to better understand the processes by which doctors and patients decide between treatment options. His other studies have focused on topics such as the communication of pain, the enculturation of medical residents, the norms and practices of research ethics review, and the efforts of health experts to engage with local communities. Dr. Clapp also collaborates with investigators across the Perelman School of Medicine on qualitative projects. Dr. Clapp received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and his MPH from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

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