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Marsha N. Wittink, M.D., M.B.E.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Research Bio

Dr. Wittink is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. A primary care physician with additional training in geriatrics and mental health, her clinical work and research efforts focus on improving care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and psychosocial needs. She has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to developing strategies for eliciting and incorporating patient preference and priorities into care. She joined the UR faculty in 2010 to work with other researchers and clinicians interested in health care decision-making and patient-provider communication. She us currently developing and testing a computer-based tool deployed in waiting rooms to help patients articulate their health related priorities to their primary care physician.

Awards & Honors (National)

Merck/American Geriatric Society New Investigator Award 2007
Summer Research Institute sponsored by National Institute of Mental Health | National Institute of Mental Health | University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 2003
Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society 1991 - 1993

Awards & Honors (Local)

Scholar, Advanced Research Institute (ARI) in Geriatric Mental Health sponsored by National Institute of Mental Health | National Institute of Mental Health 2008 - 2010
Resident's Faculty Research Award, Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine | University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 2005
Resident Teaching Award, Department of Family Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University | Thomas Jefferson University 2002
Chief Resident, Department of Family Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital | Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 2001 - 2002
Award for distinction in Family Medicine, Jefferson Medical College | Jefferson Medical College 1999
Magna Cum Laude, Cornell University | Cornell University 1993

Recent Journal Articles

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Hou, F.; Cerulli, C.; Wittink, M.; Caine, E.;Qiu, P. "Depression, social support and associated factors among women living in rural China: a cross-sectional study". BMC Women's Health. 2015; 15(28). Link
Mollen, C.; Miller, M.; Hayes, K.; Wittink, M.; Barg, F. "Developing emergency department-based education about emergency contraception: adolescent preferences". Academic Emergency Medicine. 2013; 20(11): 1164-70. Link
Wittink MN, Morales KH, Cary M, Gallo JJ, Bartels SJ. "Towards personalizing treatment for depression : developing treatment values markers." The patient. 2013 6(1):35-43.
2012 Oct
Jayadevappa R, Malkowicz SB, Wittink M, Wein AJ, Chhatre S. "Comparison of distribution- and anchor-based approaches to infer changes in health-related quality of life of prostate cancer survivors." Health services research. 2012 Oct; 47(5):1902-25. Epub 2012 Mar 14.
2011 Oct
Wittink MN, Givens JL, Knott KA, Coyne JC, Barg FK. "Negotiating depression treatment with older adults: primary care providers' perspectives." Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England). 2011 Oct; 20(5):429-37. Epub 2011 Jul 22.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Research (SMD) - Primary


Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


MBioeth | Bioethics | Univ of Pennsylvania2004
MD | Medicine | Jefferson Medical College1999
BA | Biopsychology | Cornell University1993

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine07/01/2004 - 06/30/2005
Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine07/01/2002 - 06/30/2004
Residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital07/01/2000 - 06/30/2002
Internship in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital07/01/1999 - 06/30/2000