Dr Alistair Thorpe

Dr Alistair Thorpe

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Utah, School of Medicine

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Utah, School of Medicine working with Drs. Angela Fagerlin and Elissa Ozanne within the Department of Population Health Sciences.

I have general research interest in understanding how people estimate, judge, and make health-related decisions. Based on these insights, I aim to develop interventions (e.g., decision aids and communication strategies) designed to engender more judicious decisions about health and wellbeing.


  • Medical decision making
  • Risk perceptions
  • Risk communication


  • PhD Psychology, 2019

    University of Essex

  • BSc Psychology, 2016

    University of Essex

Current research


Behavioural strategies to promote clinically prudent use by the public and prescribers.


Health communication strategies and public engagement with infection control guidelines.

Congenital Heart Disease

Parents’ experiences following a diagnosis of CHD for their fetus or neonate.

Atrial Fibrillation

Physicians’ interpretations of predicted AF risk and RCT evidence on direct oral anticoagulants.

Recent Publications

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Towards Search Strategies for Better Privacy and Information. Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, 2020.


Investigating the Interplay Between Searchers' Privacy Concerns and Their Search Behavior. Proceedings of the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, 2019.


Privacy Nudging in Search: Investigating Potential Impacts. Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, 2019.