Rebekah H Nagler

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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.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.
  • BA: History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2002.


  • Health communication
  • Cancer communication
  • Mass media effects
  • Communication inequalities and health disparities
  • Women's health
  • Tobacco control
  • Community-engaged research
Courses Taught
  • JOUR 5541 / PUBH 6074: Mass Communication and Public Health
  • JOUR 3005: Mass Media Effects
  • JOUR 8720: Mass Media and Health
  • Nagler, R.H., & LoRusso, S. (In press). Conflicting information and message competition in health and risk messaging. In R. Parrott (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Nagler, R.H. (In press). Measurement of media exposure. In J. Matthes (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell and the International Communication Association.
  • Ramanadhan, S., Nagler, R.H., McCloud, R.F., Kohler, R.E., & Viswanath, K. (2017). Graphic health warnings as activators of social networks: A randomized experiment among individuals of low socioeconomic position. Social Science and Medicine, 175, 219-227. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.12.044
  • Lee, C.J., Nagler, R.H., & Wang, N. (2017). Source-specific exposure to contradictory nutrition information: Documenting prevalence and effects on adverse cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Health Communication. DOI:10.1080/10410236.2016.1278495
  • Nagler, R.H., Lueck, J.A., & Gray, L.S. (2016). Awareness of and reactions to mammography controversy among immigrant women. Health Expectations. DOI:10.1111/hex.12494
  • Ramanadhan, S., Nagler, R.H., McCauley, M.P., Lora, V., Minsky, S., Bruff, C., Muneton, Y.F., McCloud, R.F., Puleo, E., & Viswanath, K. (2016). Much ventured, much gained: Community-engaged data collection by adolescents/young adults. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 10(2), 217-224. DOI:10.1353/cpr.2016.0027
  • Bigman, C.A., Nagler, R.H., & Viswanath, K. (2016). Representation, exemplification, and risk: Resonance of tobacco graphic health warnings across diverse populations. Health Communication, 31(8), 974-987. DOI:10.1080/10410236.2015.1026430
  • Nagler, R.H., Bigman, C.A., Ramanadhan, S., Ramamurthi, D., & Viswanath, K. (2016). Prevalence and framing of health disparities in local print news: Implications for multilevel interventions to address cancer inequalities. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, 25(4), 603-612. DOI:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-1247
  • Gollust, S.E., LoRusso, S., Nagler, R.H., & Fowler, E.F. (2016). Understanding the role of the news media in HPV vaccine uptake: Synthesis and commentary. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 12(6), 1430-1434. DOI:10.1080/21645515.2015.1109169
  • Carpenter, D.M., Geryk, L.L., Chen, A., Nagler, R.H., Dieckmann, N., & Han, P.K.J. (2016). Conflicting health information: A critical research need. Health Expectations, 19(6), 1173-1182. DOI:10.1111/hex.12438
  • Nagler, R.H., Fowler, E.F., & Gollust, S.E. (2015). Covering controversy: What are the implications for women's health? Women's Health Issues, 25(4), 318-321. DOI:10.1016/j.whi.2015.04.011
  • Tan, A.S.L., Nagler, R.H., Hornik, R.C., & DeMichele, A. (2015). Evolving information needs among colon, breast, and prostate cancer survivors: Results from a longitudinal mixed-effects analysis. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, 24(7), 1-8. DOI:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-0041
  • Yzer, M.C., LoRusso, S., &Nagler, R.H.. (2015). On the conceptual ambiguity surrounding perceived message effectiveness. Health Communication, 30(2), 125-134. DOI:10.1080/10410236.2014.974131
  • Nagler, R.H., Puleo, E., Sprunck-Harrild, K., Viswanath, K., & Emmons, K.M. (2014). Health media use among childhood and young adult cancer survivors who smoke. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22(9), 2497-2507. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-014-2236-x
  • Nagler, R.H. (2014). Adverse outcomes associated with media exposure to contradictory nutrition messages. Journal of Health Communication, 19(1), 24-40. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2013.798384
  • Ramirez, A. S., Freres, D., Martinez, L.S., Lewis, N., Bourgoin, A., Kelly, B., Lee, C.J., Nagler, R., Schwartz, J.S., & Hornik, R.C. (2013). Information seeking from media and family/friends increases the likelihood of engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Journal of Health Communication, 18(5), 527-42. DOI:10.1080/10810730.2012.743632
  • Nagler, R.H., Ramanadhan, S., Minsky, S., & Viswanath, K. (2013). Recruitment and retention for community-based eHealth interventions with populations of low socioeconomic position: Strategies and challenges. Journal of Communication, 63(1), 201-220. DOI:10.1111/jcom.12008
  • Cantrell, J., Vallone, D.M., Thrasher, J.F., Nagler, R.H., Feirman, S.P., Muenz, L.R., He, D.Y., & Viswanath, K. (2013). Impact of tobacco-related health warning labels across socioeconomic, race and ethnic groups: Results from a randomized web-based experiment. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e52206. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0052206
  • Nagler, R.H., & Viswanath, K. (2013). Implementation and research priorities for Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Articles 13 & 16: Tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship and sales to and by minors. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15(4), 832-46. DOI:10.1093/ntr/nts331
  • Viswanath, K., Nagler, R.H., Bigman, C.A., McCauley, M.P., Jung, M., & Ramanadhan, S. (2012). The communications revolution and health inequalities in the 21st century: Implications for cancer control. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, 21(10), 1701-1708. DOI:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-0852
  • Nagler, R.H., & Hornik, R.C. (2012). Measuring media exposure to contradictory health information: A comparative analysis of four candidate measures. Communication Methods and Measures, 6(1), 56-75. DOI:10.1080/19312458.2011.651348
  • Nagler, R.H., Puleo, E., Sprunck-Harrild, K., & Emmons, K.M. (2012). Internet use among childhood and young adult cancer survivors who smoke: Implications for cessation interventions. Cancer Causes and Control, 23(4), 647-652. DOI:10.1007/s10552-012-9926-9
  • Lewis, N., Martinez, L.S., Freres, D., Schwartz, J., Armstrong, K., Gray, S.W., Fraze, T., Nagler, R.H., Bourgoin, A., & Hornik, R.C. (2012). Seeking cancer-related information from media and family/friends increases fruit and vegetable consumption among cancer patients. Health Communication, 27(4), 380-388. DOI:10.1080/10410236.2011.586990
  • Kelly, B.J., Hornik, R.C., Romantan, A., Schwartz, J., Armstrong, K., DeMichele, A., Fishbein, M., Gray, S., Hull, S., Kim, A., Nagler, R., Niederdeppe, J.D., Ramirez, A. S., Smith-McLallen, A., & Wong, N. (2010). Cancer information scanning and seeking in the general population. Journal of Health Communication, 15(7), 734-753. DOI:10.1080/10810730.2010.514029
  • Nagler, R.H., Gray, S.W., Romantan, A., Kelly, B.J., DeMichele, A., Armstrong, K., Schwartz, J.S., & Hornik, R.C. (2010). Differences in information seeking among breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer patients: Results from a population-based survey. Patient Education and Counseling, 81(Suppl 1), S54-S62. DOI:10.1016/j.pec.2010.09.010
  • Nagler, R.H., Romantan, A., Kelly, B.J., Stevens, R.S., Gray, S.W., Hull, S.J., Ramirez, A.S., & Hornik, R.C. (2010). How do cancer patients navigate the public information environment? Understanding patterns and motivations for movement among information sources. Journal of Cancer Education, 25(3), 360-370. DOI:10.1007/s13187-010-0054-5
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, 2014 - 2016
  • University of Minnesota BIRCWH K12 Scholar, 2014 - 2017
  • New Investigators Workshop Invitee, American Society of Preventive Oncology, 2012
  • Poster of Distinction Award, American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention Fellowship, 2010 - 2013
  • Poster Excellence Award, NCI Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research Grantee Meeting, 2010
  • Annenberg Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2009 - 2010