Lab Members

Students who I advise in the Media Technology and Society doctoral program in the Department of Communication Studies work in the HCID lab. I will be considering doctoral applications for the December 2021 application deadline. Undergraduate students are always welcome to join our lab. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about what we do, or if you have any questions.     

Hannah Getachew-Smith, MPH, CHES

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Hannah Getachew-Smith is a PhD candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program and a Northwestern Presidential Fellow. Hannah’s research interests focus on the evaluation of digital health interventions to promote healthy behaviors and address health disparities. Trained in public health, she holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Prior to returning to Northwestern, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducting research to develop and evaluate national HIV prevention campaigns.

For more information, check out her website: http://hgetachewsmith.com

Sanjana Ramesh, MPH

Sanjana Ramesh, MPH, is a fourth year PhD student in the Media, Technology and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Sanjana is primarily interested in health communication research, specifically how messaging and patient-clinical communication influences populations affected by health disparities. She would like explore how these messages either increase self-efficacy or deter individuals from adopting various health behaviors. Sanjana will be on the job market in Fall of 2021. 

Kerstin Kalke, MA

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Kerstin is a third year PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Kerstin’s research interests center on how communication and behavioral theories can inform the dissemination of health information, particularly through the use of media and technology. Kerstin holds a BA in English/American and German Studies from the Julius-Maximilians Universitaet in Wuerzburg, Germany, and a MA in Communication from the University of New Mexico. She will be on the job market in Fall of 2022.

Callie Sartain, MA

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Callie is a first year PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society (MTS) program at Northwestern University. With an overarching focus on strategic health messaging, Callie's research explores persuasion, informed decision-making, and information management in contexts of risk and uncertainty. She is particularly interested in developing intervention strategies, rooted in behavioral health theories, that aim to increase self-efficacy and promote preventive health behaviors. She is a graduate of Mercer University (BA, Communication Studies) and Wake Forest University (MA, Communication).

Former Lab Members

Amy A. Ross, MA, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University

Charlotte G. Marshall-Fricker, BA: MPH student at Emory University

John J Brooks, MSHC: PhD Student at Northwestern University

Paige Lake, MPH: PhD Student at University of South Florida

Anna Dolezal, MSHC: Health Comm Project Coordinator at NShore Patient Advocates