Emily Zobel Kontos, ScD, ScM is the Assistant Director of the Lung Cancer Disparities Center (LCDC) at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Research Associate within the Department of Society, Human Development and Health. Dr. Kontos also serves as a Co-Investigator within the LCDC focusing on interdisciplinary and community-based research that seeks to assess and intervene on social contextual barriers to smoking cessation among racial/ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic status individuals. Dr. Kontos’s overarching research interests are in examining communication inequalities in the context of new communication technologies and media, such as the Internet and social media, and their influence on health disparities. She also has expertise in the area of health literacy as well as the development and implementation of community-based interventions.
Prior to joining the Lung Cancer Disparities Center, Dr. Kontos was engaged in both health communication practice and research. She served as the Director of Social Marketing for Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 2004-2005 and was the communication coordinator for the state’s Genetics Program from 2000-2002. In addition, Dr. Kontos maintained research positions as the health literacy program coordinator at the Harvard School of Public Health from 2002-2004 and was both a cancer prevention research fellow and project director within Dr. K. Viswanath’s communication research lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute from 2005-2010.
ScD, 2010, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Boston, MA (Doctoral Qualifying Exam with Honors)
Certificate in Health Communication, 2010, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Boston, MA
ScM, 2004, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Behavior, Boston, MA
AB, 2000, Brown University, Providence, RI