Research

Genetic Disposition & Behavior

Principal Investigator: Dr. Celeste M. Condit  Co-Investigators: Dr. Tina M. Harris,Dr. Lijiang Shen Research Assistants: (Lead)  Marita Gronnvoll, Jamie Landau, Lanelle Wright>, Nicole Hurt, Bethany Keeley, Angela Nowicki Background and Overview of the Study: Genetic testing for common diseases is predicted to become widespread. Some evidence suggests...

Adolescents’ Perceptions of Antismoking Messages

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Monahan > Research Assistants: (Lead) Elisabeth Bigsby, Youyou Cheng Background and Overview of the Study The purpose of this 3-year project was to examine how low-income teens (ages 14-15) process anti-smoking messages.  In Y1 & Y2, we assessed what types of messages teens...

Drug Abuse & Empathy

Principal Investigators: Dr. Lijiang Shen, Dr. Jennifer A. Samp Background: The success of public health campaigns depends on whether (a) messages are effective; and (b) if messages effects last long enough to result in behavior change. Whereas emotional appeals often have limited effectiveness and unintended or...

Cancer Talk on Twitter: Community Structure and Information Sources in Breast and Prostate Cancer Social Networks

Himelboim, I., & Han, J. Y. (2013). Cancer Talk on Twitter: Community Structure and Information Sources in Breast and Prostate Cancer Social Networks. Journal of health communication, (ahead-of-print), 1-16. Abstract: This study suggests taking a social networks theoretical approach to predict and explain patterns of...

Reduction of Perceived Social Distance as an Explanation for Media’s Influence on Personal Risk Perceptions: A Test of the Risk Convergence Model

So, J., & Nabi, R. (2013). Reduction of Perceived Social Distance as an Explanation for Media’s Influence on Personal Risk Perceptions: A Test of the Risk Convergence Model.  Human Communication Research, 39(3), 317-338. The risk convergence model proposes reduction of perceived social distance to...

Exploring communication, trust in government, and vaccination intention later in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: results of a national survey

Quinn, S. C., Parmer, J., Freimuth, V. S., Hilyard, K. M., Musa, D., & Kim, K. H. (2013). Exploring communication, trust in government, and vaccination intention later in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: results of a national survey.  Biosecurity and bioterrorism: biodefense strategy, practice, and...

Facebook friends with (health) benefits? Exploring social network site use and perceptions of social support, stress, and well-being

Nabi, R. L., Prestin, A., & So, J. (2013). Facebook friends with (health) benefits? Exploring social network site use and perceptions of social support, stress, and well-being.  Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking,16(10), 721-727. There is clear evidence that interpersonal social support impacts stress levels...

The Effectiveness of Bundled Health Messages on Recall

King, K. W., Freimuth, V., Lee, M., & Johnson-Turbes, C. A. (2013). The Effectiveness of Bundled Health Messages on Recall.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(sp3), S28-S35. Purpose: This study is an initial step in determining the effectiveness of bundling preconception messages on short-term recall...

Attitudes towards smoking cessation programs offered to adolescents receiving treatment for alcohol and other substances

Muilenburg, J. L. (2013, November). Attitudes towards smoking cessation programs offered to adolescents receiving treatment for alcohol and other substances.  In 141st APHA Annual Meeting (November 2-November 6, 2013). APHA. Overview: Nicotine is considered one of the most addictive drugs, yet there are few...

The Effect of Physical and Mental Health on Charitable Contributions of Money and Time

Dahal, A., Fertig, A., & Mustard, D. (2013). The Effect of Physical and Mental Health on Charitable Contributions of Money and Time. Abstract: This paper examines the association between individuals’ health status and their philanthropic behavior. In particular, we examine whether changes in health affect...