Rebekah H Nagler
- Journalism and Mass Communication, School of
- Public Health
- Academic Health Center: Masonic Cancer Center
Rebekah Nagler is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests lie at the intersection of communication, public health, and cancer prevention. 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. Additional research interests include communication inequalities, health disparities (along racial/ethnic minority, socioeconomic status, and gender lines), and tobacco control.
Since January 2014, Rebekah has been a K12 scholar through the University of Minnesota's NIH-funded Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program. Through this career development grant, Rebekah is exploring how media conflict and controversy influences women's cancer prevention and screening behaviors, using mammography controversy as a case example.
Before coming to Minnesota, Rebekah was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During her doctoral training, Rebekah was a research fellow at the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she was a consultant at the Advisory Board Company, a health care research, technology, and consulting firm in Washington, DC.
Rebekah received her PhD in Communication and her BA in the History and Sociology of Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.