Rebekah Nagler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention and Control. Her research interests are in health communication and message effects, with a particular focus on cancer communication research. Current projects explore how general and clinical populations use media to acquire health information, how conflicting health messages in the mass media influence cancer prevention and screening behaviors, and how persuasive messaging can be used to address these behaviors. Developing research interests include communication inequalities, health disparities, and tobacco control.
Prior to arriving at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Nagler was a research fellow at the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ph.D., 2010, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., 2002, University of Pennsylvania
Nagler, R.H. (in press). Adverse outcomes associated with media exposure to contradictory nutrition messages. Journal of Health Communication.
Ramirez, A. S., Freres, D., Martinez, L.S., Lewis, N., Bourgoin, A., Kelly, B., Lee, C.J., Nagler, R., Schwartz, J.S., & Hornik, R.C. (2013). Information seeking from media and family/friends increases the likelihood of engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Journal of Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2012.743632
Nagler, R.H., & Viswanath, K. (2013). Implementation and research priorities for Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Articles 13 & 16: Tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship and sales to and by minors. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/nts331
Cantrell, J., Vallone, D.M., Thrasher, J.F., Nagler, R.H., Feirman, S.P., Muenz, L.R., He, D.Y., & Viswanath, K. (2013). Impact of tobacco-related health warning labels across socioeconomic, race and ethnic groups: Results from a randomized web-based experiment. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e52206. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052206
Nagler, R.H., Ramanadhan, S., Minsky, S., & Viswanath, K. (2013). Recruitment and retention for community-based eHealth interventions with populations of low socioeconomic position: Strategies and challenges. Journal of Communication, 63(1), 201–220. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12008
Viswanath, K., Nagler, R.H., Bigman, C.A., McCauley, M.P., Jung, M., & Ramanadhan, S. (2012). The communications revolution and health inequalities in the 21st century: Implications for cancer control. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, 21(10), 1701–1708. DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-0852
Nagler, R.H., & Hornik, R.C. (2012). Measuring media exposure to contradictory health information: A comparative analysis of four candidate measures. Communication Methods and Measures, 6, 56–75. DOI: 10.1080/19312458.2011.651348
Nagler, R.H., Puleo, E., Sprunck-Harrild, K., & Emmons, K.M. (2012). Internet use among childhood and young adult cancer survivors who smoke: Implications for cessation interventions. Cancer Causes and Control, 23, 647–652. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-012-9926-9
Lewis, N., Martinez, L.S., Freres, D., Schwartz, J., Armstrong, K., Gray, S.W., Fraze, T., Nagler, R.H., Bourgoin, A., & Hornik, R.C. (2012). Seeking cancer-related information from media and family/friends increases fruit and vegetable consumption among cancer patients. Health Communication, 27, 380–388. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2011.586990
Nagler, R.H., Gray, S.W., Romantan, A., Kelly, B.J., DeMichele, A., Armstrong, K., Schwartz, J.S., & Hornik, R.C. (2010). Differences in information seeking among breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer patients: Results from a population-based survey. Patient Education and Counseling, 81(Suppl), S54–S62. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2010.09.010
Kelly, B.J., Hornik, R.C., Romantan, A., Schwartz, J., Armstrong, K., DeMichele, A., Fishbein, M., Gray, S., Hull, S., Kim, A., Nagler, R., Niederdeppe, J.D., Ramirez, A. S., Smith-McLallen, A. & Wong, N. (2010). Cancer information scanning and seeking in the general population. Journal of Health Communication, 15, 734–753. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2010.514029
Nagler, R.H., Romantan, A., Kelly, B.J., Stevens, R.S., Gray, S.W., Hull, S.J., Ramirez, A.S., & Hornik, R.C. (2010). How do cancer patients navigate the public information environment? Understanding patterns and motivations for movement among information sources. Journal of Cancer Education, 25, 360–370. DOI: 10.1007/s13187-010-0054-5