Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD
Suite 320, Curtis Building
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Most Recent Peer-reviewed Publications
- Can Empathy, Other Personality Attributes, and Level of Positive Social Influence in Medical School Identify Potential Leaders in Medicine?
- Standardized Patient Assessment of Medical Student Empathy: Ethnicity and Gender Effects in a Multi-Institutional Study
- Viewpoint of nurses on inter-professional relationship between nurses and doctors
- Residents' and standardized patients' perspectives on empathy: Issues of agreement
- Correlates and changes in empathy and attitudes toward interprofessional collaboration in osteopathic medical students
Research and Clinical Interests
Dr. Mohammadreza Hojat is Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and the Director of Jefferson Longitudinal Study at the Center. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the development of the longitudinal database of medical students and graduates, he has pioneered new instruments measuring psychosocial factors and student personal qualities in relation to academic and clinical performance. Dr. Hojat has led the development of the following four scales that measure aspects of professionalism in medicine: Jefferson Scale of Empathy, Jefferson Scale of Physician Lifelong Learning, Jefferson Scale of Attitudes Toward Physician–Nurse Collaboration, and Scale of Attitudes Toward Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration. He has more than 30 years experience in educational and psychological research, and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 13 book chapters. He is a manuscript referee for several American and European professional journals, and has served as a guest co-editor for thematic issues of the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality (on loneliness), Academic Medicine (on assessments in medical school and beyond), and Evaluation, the Health Professions (on changes in the health care system).
Dr. Hojat is a licensed psychologist, and in addition to medical education, other areas of his research interest include physician empathy, physician lifelong learning, inter-professional collaboration, psychosocial factors in academic and professional performance, mother-child attachment, psychodynamic study of loneliness, cross-cultural studies, and personality development and measurement. Dr. Hojat is a coauthor of two books: Loneliness: Theory, Research, and Applications (Springer, 1987), and Assessment Measures in Medical School, Residency, and Practice: The Connections (Springer, 1993). Dr. Hojat’s book: Empathy in Patient Care: Antecedents, Development and Outcomes was published by Springer in 2007, and its secind edition will be released in 2015.