Emily Peterson

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Interests: Improving the patient-provider relationship, message framing/persuasion theories and the effect of self-affirmation on adolescents’ responses to public health messaging.

Her past work focused on patient-centered care throughout the cancer continuum, cancer screening discussions, and pediatrician-adolescent counseling about nicotine and tobacco.


NCI web pagestaffprofiles.cancer.gov/brp/  LinkedIn 

Email:  emily.peterson@nih.gov


Dr. Emily Peterson is a Cancer Research Training Award Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) within the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).

Emily earned a Ph.D. in communication from George Mason University. Her dissertation used a mixed-methods approach to develop a training curriculum for primary care providers to discuss electronic cigarette with adolescent patients. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University, where her honors thesis utilized eye-tracking methodology to assess adolescents’ attention to graphic- and text-based tobacco warning labels.


George Mason University
PhD, Communication
2010 – 2016Presidential Scholarship, 2011-2014
Graduate Research Assistantship, 2010-2011
Outstanding MA Student Award, 2012
Commitment to the Graduate Program Award, 2010-2011
GPA: 4.0

Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA):
• President 2011-2012; 2013-2014
• Master’s Representative and Vice Chair of the Mentorship Committee, 2010-2011

Other Service:
• 2010 NCA GMU Communication Department Representative for Graduate Fair
• Student Volunteer, Health Communication Preconference at the 96th annual meeting of the National Communication Association, November 2010.
• Student Volunteer, 102nd annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, April 2011.
• DC Health Communication Conference Planning Committee: Chair of hospitality and collateral design, 2010-2011

Brigham Young University
BA, Communications
2004 – 2008Graduated Cum Laude and with University Honors.
• Major: Communication, Public Relations emphasis
• GPA: Major-3.97; Minor-4.00
• Honors Thesis: Effectiveness of Smoking Warning Labels on Adolescents, presented research at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, April 2008
• Overseas Studies Program: 1 semester in Paris, France.

Panel Presentation and Discussion

Using the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)

Friday April 28, 2017
DCHC 2017 “Patient-Centered Health Communication” Conference

This interactive panel will first introduce graduate students and interested researchers to HINTS as an interdisciplinary, nationally-representative data resource for secondary data analysis. Panel presenters who have worked closely with the development and dissemination of HINTS will provide an overview and rationale for HINTS as a public-use dataset, review optimal strategies for analyzing HINTS data, and describe resources available online (hints.cancer.gov) and in person for researchers.

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