Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 638
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 943-5685
Fax: (205) 975-5153

Research Interests

  • Health Services Research, Decision Making, Patterns of Care, and Outcomes
  • Genomics and Precision Medicine, Cancer Prevention and Control, Palliative Care
  • Vulnerable Populations: Low Income and Education, Minority, Aging
  • Measurement of Patient Values, Goals, and Preferences; Shared Decision Making; Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Educational Background

  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, 1985
  • Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Health Psychology Internship, 1980-1981
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, 1978
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1974

Professional Memberships/Activities

  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
  • Society for Medical Decision Making  (SMDM)
  • AcademyHealth
  • Chair (2008-2010), SBM Health Decision Making Special Interest Group
  • National Institutes of Health, Panel Member (2008-2010), Health Disparities PARs ZRG1 RPHB-K (50)
  • Co-Editor (2011), Special Issue of Translational Behavioral Medicine, Behavioral Medicine Implementation in the Veterans Health Administration
  • Editorial Board (2009-2012), Medical Decision Making
  • Chair (2009-2013), SBM Scientific and Professional Liaison Council
  • Representative for the Department of Veterans Affairs (2013), White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy: Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research Interagency Working Group on Publications
  • Chair (2014-2015), SBM Governance Review Workgroup

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Knight, S. J., Mohamed, A. F., Marshall, D. A., Ladabaum, U., Phillips, K. A., Walsh, M. M. F. (2015). Value of genetic testing for hereditary colorectal cancer in a probability-based US online sample. Medical Decision Making, online January 2015. doi: 10.1177/0272989X14565820.
  • Knight, S. J. (2014). Decision making and prostate cancer screening. [Review]. The Urologic Clinics of North America, 41(2), 257-266. doi: 10.1016/j.ucl.2014.01.008
  • Sudore, R. L., Knight, S. J., McMahan, R. D., Feuz, M., Farrell, D., Miao, Y., & Barnes, D. E. (2014). A novel website to prepare diverse older adults for decision making and advance care planning: a pilot study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47(4), 674-686. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.05.023
  • Knight, S. J. (2013). Bridging the gap at the center of patient centeredness: comment on "Comparing 3 Techniques for Eliciting Patient Values for Decision Making About Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening." JAMA Internal Medicine 173, 369-370. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.337.


  • Recognition as Founding Chair, Health Decision Making Special Interest Group, SBM (2010)
  • Elected Fellow, SBM (2012)
  • Tracy Orleans Distinguished Service Award, SBM (2013)