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Julia M. Alber, PhD, MPH

Research Interests 

My current research focuses on applying communication technologies to understand and promote healthy behaviors for addressing disparities in cancer prevention. My research involves developing and testing public health messages, conducting content analyses, and applying health behavior theory to understand cancer-related behaviors and beliefs.

Educational Background

MPH; Ph.D. in Health & Human Performance with an emphasis on Health Behavior

Current Projects

  • (Re)designing Health Communication on Campus: Testing a Design Thinking Approach to Developing Health Campaigns
  • Exploring the Impact of Storytelling on Storytellers in Hepatitis B Health Communication
  • Examining the Inclusion of Additional Contextual Information and Varying Video Lengths of Hepatitis B Storytelling Videos on Message Outcomes
  • Using Integrating Behavioral Model to Analyze E-cigarette Beliefs & Attitudes

Publication Highlights

  1. Alber, J.M.,Cohen, C., Nguyen, G.T., Ghazvini, S., Tolentino, B.T. (2018). Exploring communication strategies for promoting hepatitis B prevention among young Asian American adults. Journal of Health Communication, 23(12), 977-983.
  2. Alber, J.M., Brewer, N.,Melvin, C., Yackle, A., Smith, J., Ko, L., Crawford, A., Glanz, G., (2018). Reducing overuse of cervical cancer screening: a systematic review. Preventive Medicine,116, 51-59.
  3. Cohen, C., Alber, J.M., Bleakley, A., Grossman, S., Freeland, C., Alarcon, K., Merchant, R. (2018). Social media for hep B awareness: Young adult and community leader perspectives. Health Promotion Practice. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1524839918765438.
  4. Alber, J.M. & Glanz, K. (2018). Does the screening status of message characters impact message effects? Health Education& Behavior, 45(1), 14-19.
  5. Alber, J., Green, S., & Glanz, K. (2018). Relationship between perceived and observed food environments, eating behaviors, and Body Mass Index. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(3), 423-429.

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