Researchers

Eli Cahan, host of Center for Health Communication's health journalism bonfires

Eli Cahan

Journalist in residence
Center for Health Communication

Journalist-in-residence and host, Center for Health Communication’s health journalism bonfires Eli Cahan, MD, MS is an award-winning investigative journalist covering the intersection of child welfare and social justice. His written work has been featured in The Washington Post, LA Times, Rolling Stone, and USA Today, among other publications. His multimedia work has appeared on TV via ABC and radio via NPR. Eli’s reporting … Continue reading “Eli Cahan”

Yuning Liu, research assistant at the Center for Health Communication and PhD student in Population Health Sciences

Yuning Liu

Research assistant
Center for Health Communication

Yuning Liu (she/her) is a PhD student in the Population Health Sciences program at Harvard University. She specializes in understanding the interaction between digital life and wellbeing. Specifically, she studies the impact of social media on individuals’ sense of well-being and explores ways to enhance evidence-based online health communication. Yuning’s approach draws from a multidisciplinary … Continue reading “Yuning Liu”

Photoillustration of Samuel Mendez

Samuel Mendez

Research assistant
Center for Health Communication

Sam’s research focuses on the intersection of health communication, media, and technology. Their dissertation examines the use of AI-driven tools in health literacy assessments, as well as ways to understand health communication beyond the transfer of information. As a student advisory board member, Sam is looking forward to contributing their viewpoint to better link students … Continue reading “Samuel Mendez”

Matt Motta, assistant professor of Boston University School of Public Health and an affiliated faculty at the Center for Health Communication

Matt Motta

Affiliated research faculty
Center for Health Communication

Matt Motta, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy, & Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He is working with the Center for Health Communication to define best practice for promoting effective public health communication on social media platforms, including evaluating the impact of its Creators Summit on Mental Health program.  … Continue reading “Matt Motta”

Photo of center advisory board member Meng Meng Xu

Meng Meng Xu

Research assistant
Center for Health Communication

Meng Meng Xu (she/her) is the Clinical Director of Eye Services at the South Boston Community Health Center and a faculty member at the New England College of Optometry. She has 10 years of experience delivering eye care to underserved communities and designing international educational programs in eye care.  She also mentors international students on … Continue reading “Meng Meng Xu”