Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology


Clinical Psychology



First Advisor

Mark L. Robbins


As part of the shift toward team-based care, many clinical decisions are now made by intra- and interprofessional teams. Team medical decision making is a recommended practice that is believed to reduce error and improve clinical judgment. However, surprisingly few studies have examined the accuracy of team decisions and little is known about the efficacy of various team strategies. Consequently, practice guidelines are lacking. To address the paucity of research, this dissertation addresses possible starting points for future studies based on research to date and current practices. Accordingly, Manuscript I will discuss team research from various fields with an emphasis on strategies to pool disparate information and increase accuracy. Manuscript II will present the findings from a study examining individual and team decision making practices in rehabilitation medicine. Both manuscripts provide recommendations for research that might advance knowledge and thereby assist in developing practice guidelines for team decision making.

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