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 with any questions.     

Hannah J. Getachew-Smith, MPH, CHES

Hannah Getachew-Smith is a third year Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Hannah holds an MPH from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Hannah’s research interests focus on the development and evaluation of health messages, as well as unintended consequences (e.g., stigma and discrimination) that stem from communication efforts. Hannah will be on the job market in the fall of 2020.

Sanjana Ramesh, MPH

Sanjana Ramesh, MPH, is a second 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

Kerstin is a first year Ph.D. 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.

Amy A. Ross, MA

Amy Ross is an fifth year PhD student in the Media, Technology and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Amy’s research explores the production of biomedical knowledge at the intersection of studies on science, medicine and media. Her dissertation focuses on the birth and rise of a proposed new diagnosis known as orthorexia nervosa. Amy Ross will be on the job market in the fall of 2019.

Former Lab Members

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 Florida

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

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