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Lab Members

Students I advise in the Media Technology and Society (MTS) doctoral program in the Department of Communication Studies work in the HCID lab. I will be considering doctoral applications for the December 2023 application deadline for students to begin the program in fall of 2024. 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.     

Sanjana Ramesh, MPH

Sanjana Ramesh, MPH, is PhD candidate 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 Spring of 2022. 

Kerstin Kalke, MA


Kerstin Kalke is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University and a member of the Health Communication Interaction Design lab. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of theory- and evidence-based strategies to communicate risk and uncertainty in health. She is especially interested in understanding how emotions inform decision-making processes and how communication strategies may be used to reduce biases, improve provider-patient interactions, and ensure informed decision making. Previous projects were situated in the contexts of cardiac and cancer genetics, colon cancer screening, and breast cancer. Kerstin will be on the job market in Fall 2022.

Former Lab Members and Advisees

Hannah Getachew-Smith, MPH, PhD: Lead Behavioral Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control 

Phoebe Jean-Pierre, PhD, JD: Assistant Professor, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Amy A. Ross Arguedas, PhD: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

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

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