Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD

Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD is a Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences. She joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in 2013 and practices Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and was recently awarded the Parker B. Francis Jo Rae Wright Award for scientific excellence. Her research studies end-of-life issues and includes advanced care planning, communication, and end-of-life decision-making. She is the director of Project Talk, a research program that studies the impact of innovative conversational tools in a variety of settings including the intensive care unit and community groups. Her research includes theory-based approaches to the assessment of communication quality and behaviors related to end-of-life conversation. She is the author of an ICU family meeting tool, ‘Let’s Talk’ that is currently under study.

Dr. Van Scoy is also a mixed methodologist with expertise in using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine behavioral interventions in randomized controlled trials. As co-founder and co-director of the Penn State Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core (QMMC), she serves as a methodology consultant for a wide variety of mixed-method projects and topics, including large, randomized controlled trials, pharmacological drug trials, and education projects.

Her research profile including grants and publications can be found here:


A listing of publications can be found here: