School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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Lorree Ratto

Lorree Ratto, PhD
Director of Medical Simulation and Standardized Patients,
Chair Medical Humanities & Health Care Leadership
Assistant Professor
Specialty: Communication
Phone: 480.219.6135

Lorree Ratto, PhD, FT, serves as Chair of Medical Humanities and Healthcare Leadership and is Director of Medical Simulation and Standardized Patients at SOMA. She joined the inaugural faculty in 2007 after spending 10 years working in hospice as a counselor. She teaches communication and behavioral sciences with an emphasis on teaching medical students to practice patient-centered compassionate care through the practice of narrative medicine.

Dr. Ratto earned her doctorate from Arizona State University Hugh Downs School of Human Communication with an emphasis in end-of-life communication. She received an MA in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in grief therapy from JFK University and a BS in Human Development, Family Studies with a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Ratto is an ADEC Fellow in Thanatology.

Dr. Ratto’s research interests include studying death anxiety among medical students and studying the effects of practicing mindfulness in mitigating stress related to medical education and residency.

Dr. Ratto has presented at both national and international conferences and symposiums on various subjects related to death and dying. As a patient advocate, she is committed to teaching future healthcare professionals to be better communicators with their patients and how to better serve the emotional needs of the terminally ill patient by bringing end-of-life education into medical schools.