Rebekah H Nagler

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
206 Church St SE
Rm 304 Murphy Hall


I am Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts and an associate professor in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. My research examines the effects of routine exposure to health information in the media, with a particular focus on conflicting and often controversial information about cancer prevention and screening. I have additional research interests in communication and health equity. My work has been funded by agencies and organizations including the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and ClearWay Minnesota. From 2014-2017, I was supported by a career development award through the University of Minnesota's NIH-funded Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program. I received my PhD in Communication and my BA in the History and Sociology of Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, 2010-2013.
  • 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
  • Communication and health equity
  • Media effects
Courses Taught
  • JOUR 3005: Mass Media Effects
  • JOUR 5541 / PUBH 6074: Mass Communication and Public Health
  • JOUR 5543: Programs for Social Good: Design and Evaluation
  • JOUR 8720: Health Communication Theory and Research
  • Nagler, R.H., Vogel, R.I., Gollust, S.E., Rothman, A.J., Fowler, E.F., & Yzer, M.C. (2020). Public perceptions of conflicting information surrounding COVID-19: Results from a nationally representative survey of U.S. adults. PLOS ONE, 15(10), e0240776. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240776
  • Gollust, S.E., Vogel, R.I., Rothman, A., Yzer, M., Fowler, E.F., &Nagler, R.H. (2020). Americans’ perceptions of disparities in COVID-19 mortality: Results from a nationally-representative survey. Preventive Medicine, 141, 106278. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106278
  • Shi, W., Nagler, R.H., Gollust, S.E., & Fowler, E.F. (2019). Predictors of women’s awareness of the benefits and harms of mammography screening and associations with confusion, ambivalence, and information seeking. Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1687129
  • Clark, D., Nagler, R.H., & Niederdeppe, J. (2019). Confusion and nutritional backlash from news media exposure to contradictory information about carbohydrates and dietary fats. Public Health Nutrition, 22, 3336-3348. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980019002866
  • Nagler, R.H., Fowler, E.F., Marino, N., Mentzer, K., & Gollust, S.E. (2019). The evolution of controversy about mammography screening: A content analysis of four publicized screening recommendations, 2009-2016. Women’s Health Issues, 29(1), 87-95. DOI:10.1016/j.whi.2018.09.005
  • Saulsberry, L., Fowler, E.F., Nagler, R.H., & Gollust, S.E. (2019). Perceptions of politicization and HPV vaccine policy support. Vaccine, 37, 5121-5128. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.05.062
  • Nagler, R.H., Yzer, M.C., & Rothman, A.J. (2019). Effects of media exposure to conflicting information about mammography: Results from a population-based survey experiment. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53, 896-908. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kay098