Talya Miron-Shatz: Biography highlights
For two decades the author, consultant, researcher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz has been dedicated to the issue of health and medical decision making. The questions she asks, and the answers she gives, are increasingly larger, and relate to the intersection of psychology and medicine.
Full biography of Talya Miron-Shatz
Miron-Shatz has a PhD in psychology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, did her post-doctoral work at Princeton University with Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, taught at Wharton Business Schooll, and is now a full-time professor at the Ono Academic College and a visiting researcher at Cambridge University. She is an internationally acclaimed expert in medical decision making, with over 60 academic publications on topics such as information comprehension, patient participation in shared decision making, assessment of birth experiences, happiness, and more. She also has extensive industry experience.
She worked with numerous pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Abbvie, Boringer-Ingelheim, BMS, Novartis, and others on projects around leading physician advisory boards, designing patient outreach and communication, training sales reps, and more. In her work with technology giants, such as NantMobile, she led teams of engineers in introducing an entire layer of psychological drivers to facilitate adherence to medication. Similarly, she has helped multiple startups—from Healarium to Glucome—hone their operating mechanisms in conveying health information to change patient behavior.
For several years, Dr. Miron-Shatz co-organized the eHealth Venture Summit at MEDICA, the world’s largest medical device exhibition (with Dr. Stefan Becker), and ran the Pharma 2.0 series for NYC’s Health 2.0 meetup.
As a keynote speaker for Donate Life America’s annual conference, she demonstrated the use of behavioral economics to get people to sign up as donors. In her frequent speaking engagements—Financial Times NY and London, Digital Health Congress, Nudge Portugal, and numerous academic and industry events, she demonstrates her commitment to disseminating her knowledge around improving how people engage with their medical decisions and health.
Her book ‘Your Life Depends On It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices about Your Health’ (Basic Books, Hachette) deals with the ‘healthcare consumer’ culture, and how it can become truly effective. Thanks to her unusually broad perspective, she offers takeaways for patients, doctors, and healthcare systems.
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'Dr. Miron-Shatz is an exceptional speaker. She conveys complex concepts around medical decision making with clarity, cultural sensitivity, and ease, bringing unique knowledge and passion to the discussion. It was a pleasure having her speak at the Inaugural Jerusalem Ethics Forum, along with dignitaries such as the former FDA commissioner, and the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for life at the Vatican.'
NYU School of Medicine
Praise for her book Your Life Depends On It:
'When Talya Miron-Shatz says, “Your life depends on it,” she isn’t kidding! The stakes for medical decision-making are so high, and the circumstances so fraught, that it’s no wonder that most people feel overwhelmed. In this fascinating and engaging book, you’ll learn practical strategies for navigating even the most challenging of decisions. Your Life Depends on It is not just an invaluable guide for patients; it’s also a manifesto for the healthcare system.'
Praise for her book Your Life Depends On It:
'In Your Life Depends on It, Talya Miron-Schatz combines her unique perspectives on health, choice architecture and behavioral economics to present a work that is not only easy and exciting to read, but full of insights. She includes tips for each of us as health consumers and decision makers as well as for leaders and policy makers. The goal of behavior change in health is a holy grail and this book is a must-read for anyone dedicated to the task of helping us get there.'
Talya's speaking topics
Behavioral Economics for Healthy Living
You, your friends and your employees want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If only it was so easy. Prof. Miron-Shatz uses tricks from psychology and behavioral economics to give audiences actionable advice to live happier and healthier lives.
Audiences will walk away empowered to reframe their choices, harness the power of positive decision-making, and solidify lifelong healthy habits.
Truly Empowering Your Customers
Patients are now both healthcare consumers who choose their care, as well as individuals who rely on the medical system for important decisions regarding their health. Many are confused over their choices, insecure about asking questions of professionals, and fearful about their diagnosis and course of treatment. Organizations want patients to feel empowered even while at their most vulnerable.
In this talk, Prof. Miron-Shatz coaches audiences and leaders on how to create environments that provide much-needed clarity for their own consumers.
From Vision to Practice: Leadership Lessons that Transcend Healthcare
How can you transform your business, improve service, increase employee satisfaction and bottom lines? Great leaders do this in medicine – where life and death are at stake, price tags are high, customers are vulnerable, and employees are one of the most valuable assets, but also prone to burnout and turnover. Prof. Miron-Shatz shows you how to achieve all these.
Drawing correlations between the medical profession and the business world, Dr. Miron-Shatz imparts practical and impactful lessons for today’s leaders.
Creating Better Technology - with Psychology
You have endless computing power but the technological solutions you create often fail to meet your expectations. Apps and gadgets, like glucometers and Fitbits produce infinite new data that most users don’t know how to take advantage of. Prof. Miron-Shatz to the rescue.
Based on her ample research and industry experience, she will show you how to create digital services that people will connect with, drive value from, and use over time.
Everybody wants to be happy, but how is this done? In this revelatory talk, she shares her original work on how the internal landscape of our thoughts and peak and low moments throughout our days influences our happiness.
Audiences will leave with a fresh new perspective of a deeply personal and familiar emotion, and a new skill set for achieving the lasting happiness they desire in life.
Creating a Medical Culture of Satisfaction, Health, and Success
In this talk tailored to healthcare leaders, Dr. Miron-Shatz applies her expertise to the most pressing questions faced by the medical community—How can healthcare organizations step up and cater to patients’ and physicians’ needs while still benefitting their own bottom lines?
As a consultant to top pharmaceutical companies, health advertisers, digital health providers, and medical device companies, Dr. Miron-Shatz shares her relatable and actionable model for humanizing healthcare, increasing satisfaction for all, and improving organizational performance.
Let’s Talk about Death and Celebrate Life
We pride ourselves on having control over our lives. And yet, everyone avoids ‘the talk’ – the one on end-of-life preferences. This deprives us of control over our death and of receiving the care we would like. Dr. Miron-Shatz suggests a new approach – TAD (Talk About Death) routinely to break the taboo and build up practice.
This talk is an unexpected, fascinating journey into the middle ages, movies, poems, and our souls.