Rochester, Minnesota




David T. Eton, Ph.D., is a social-health psychologist with expertise in the measurement of patient health-status and quality-of-life outcomes.

He has published extensively across a broad spectrum of health care research, including clinical trials and observational studies; development and psychometrics of self-report measures; psycho-social issues in chronic illness; and clinical significance of scores on patient health-status measures.

Focus areas

Dr. Eton's content areas of interest include:

  • Treatment and self-care burden
  • Development, validation and testing of patient self-report measures
  • Social, psychological and behavioral determinants of health and quality of life
  • Complementary and integrative medicine
  • Prostate cancer
  • Prognostic ability and clinical utility of health-status measures

Significance to patient care

Broadly, Dr. Eton's research is designed to better understand what "quality of life" means to the health care consumer, with the ultimate goal of using such information to tailor care to the needs of the individual.


See my publications


Primary Appointment

  1. Associate Consultant II, Division of Health Care Policy & Research, Department of Health Sciences Research

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Health Services Research


  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship - Health Psychology Carnegie Mellon University
  2. Ph.D. Saint Louis University
  3. MS Saint Louis University
  4. BA University of Michigan, Dearborn

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