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Richard L. Street, Jr., Ph.D.

Richard L. Street, Jr., Ph.D.

Chief, Health Decision-Making & Communication Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research, Baylor College of Medicine

Professor, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas


Phone: 713-440-4672

Phone: 713-791-1414 ext. 10372

Research Interests

  • Health care provider-patient communication
  • Medical outcomes
  • Strategies for increasing patient involvement in care
  • Ways information and telecommunication technology innovations can be used to enhance health services offered to patients
  • Ways to activate patients to become more involved in medical decision-making, communicating with their physicians, and self-management of chronic disease


  • B.A., Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • M.A., Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • Ph.D., The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Awards and Activities

  • One of the top 2% of scientists most frequently cited worldwide by PLoS Biology, 2021
  • Expertscape, top expert scholar in the world on physician-patient relations, 2009-2019
  • George L. Engel Award, American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, 2012
  • Lewis Donohew Award for Outstanding Research in Health Communication, University of Kentucky, 2008
  • Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award, International Communication Association, 2003
  • "The (Mis)Use of Interactive Media to Provide Health Services." The 1998 Fallon-Marshall Lecture, Texas A&M University, September 24, 1998

Dr. Street's PubMed Link*

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