Kelly Blake, Sc.D., is a Health Scientist and Program Director in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB). She serves as part of the management team for NCI’s Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) and conducts research examining how media exposure influences health behavior and attitudes toward public health policy. She also examines social determinates of health, primarily focusing on how communication inequalities and knowledge gaps exacerbate health disparities among disadvantaged populations.

Research Area: Media effects, social epidemiology, communication inequality, public health policy, tobacco control, survey research methods


NCI webpage:

Phone:  240-281-5934
Address: National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD


Before re-joining NCI in 2009, Dr. Blake was a cancer prevention fellow and research assistant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (2005-09), working in Dr. K. Viswanath’s research lab as she pursued her doctoral training. During that time, she also did private consulting work in health communication and served as a teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to that, she served as a science writer and editor in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science’s (DCCPS) Office of the Director (OD) (2001-05). Before that, she was a hospital-based public health educator and site coordinator for the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships Program (1997-2001) and a health communication research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (1996-97).

She earned a doctor of science degree in social epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, a master’s degree in community health education from West Virginia University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Marshall University.

Secondary Branch Appointment: Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB)

Current and past BRP mentors include Michele Bloch.

Current and past BRP mentees include Abby Prestin and Camille Fonseca.

Secondary Branch Appointment:  Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Blake KD, Rutten LF, Grana RA, Kaufman AR, Agunwamba AA, Wilson PM, Gaysynsky A, Leischow SJ. Information exposure about e-cigarettes predicts reduced harm perceptions and e-cigarette use among adult smokers in the U.S.. Tob Reg Sci 2015 Oct; 1(3):265-275.

Blake KD, Kaufman AR, Lorenzo J, Augustson EM. A Descriptive Study of Television News Coverage of Tobacco in the United States: Frequency of Topics, Frames, Exemplars, and Efficacy. J Health Commun 2015 Dec; 20(12):1415-1421.

Blake KD, Ottenbacher AJ, Rutten LF, Grady MA, Kobrin SC, Jacobson RM, Hesse BW Predictors of Human Papillomavirus Awareness and Knowledge in 2013: Gaps and Opportunities for Targeted Communication Strategies.. Am J Prev Med 2015 Apr; 48(4):402-410.

Blake KD, Chou WS, Prestin A, Hesse BW Cancer Prevention and Control in the Changing Communication Landscape. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2013 Dec; 2013(47):131-132.

Blake, KD United States v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., Expert Report, No. 99-cv-2496 (D.D.C. Feb. 23, 2011), ECF No. 5875-1, Expert Report of Kelly Blake, Sc.D.,.2011.

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