Debra Roter is a University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA). She has studied thedynamics and consequences of patient-provider communication for more than 35 years and has published over 250 journal articles and two books on the subject. She is the author of the Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS) developed as method of process analysis applied to audio or video recordings of medical encounters which has been widely adopted by researchers, both nationally and internationally. Her research includes basic social psychology research on interpersonal influence and applied research in the areas of medical education, patient activation and health services. Recent work has focused on the influence of racial and gender bias on the interpersonal aspects of medical care delivery and its impact on quality of care and health outcomes. Prof. Roter has been recognized by the Web of Science as among the most highly cited authors in the social sciences.