Mesfin Bekalu, PhD

Research Scientist
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Mesfin Bekalu’s research interests are centered on health communication, with a specific focus on investigating the intended and unintended effects of media and messages on health-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. This research involves studying the effects of campaign materials designed and produced for strategic communication purposes and delivered through different media (print, broadcast, and the internet), as well as the unintended harmful and/or beneficial effects of media and messages on…

Laura Marciano, PhD

Research Fellow
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Laura Marciano earned her PhD in Health Communication from USI Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland). During her doctoral studies, she investigated the link between digital media use, mental health, and young people by collaborating on research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). She received an SNSF Postdoc.Mobility grant to work as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Chan T.H. School of Public Health with Center Co-Director…

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Rachel Faulkenberry McCloud, ScD, MPH

Research Scientist
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Rachel McCloud’s research focuses on the impact of smartphones and other devices in data gathering and disease prevention. She is studying how connectivity and technology issues impact the ability of individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to use their smartphones for internet access and public health research. Dr. McCloud received her ScD in social and behavioral sciences from the Harvard Chan School, where she focused on health communication in community-based settings.…

Jennifer Kwon

Research Assistant
Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Jennifer recently graduated from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health with an Master of Public Health degree in Health and Social Behavior. Her research interests lie in the development and implementation of culturally-sensitive psychoeducation and stigma reduction programs, as well as the interplay between mental health related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and health communication messages and methods. She has a BA in Psychology and East Asian Languages and Civilizations…