National Cancer Institute
Emily Peterson

Emily Peterson, Ph.D.

Current Fellow
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Health Communications and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Emily Peterson, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) within the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Improving the patient-provider relationship is the driving force of her research, with her past work focused on patient-centered care throughout the cancer continuum, cancer screening discussions, and pediatrician-adolescent counseling about nicotine and tobacco. She is also interested in message framing/persuasion theories and the effect of self-affirmation on adolescents' responses to public health messaging.

Dr. Peterson earned a Ph.D. in communication from George Mason University. Her dissertation used a mixed-methods approach to develop a training curriculum for primary care providers to discuss electronic cigarette with adolescent patients. She also holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University, where her honors thesis utilized eye-tracking methodology to assess adolescents' attention to graphic- and text-based tobacco warning labels.

Current and past BRP mentors include Wen-Ying Chou.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Peterson EB, Ostroff JS, DuHamel KN, D'Agostino TA, Hernandez M, Canzona MR, Bylund CL. Impact of provider-patient communication on cancer screening adherence: A systematic review. Prev Med 2016 Dec; 93:96-105.

Peterson, E. B., Shen, M., Weber, J. G., & Bylund, C. The effect of internet use on the doctor-cancer patient relationship. Oxford Textbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care 2016.

Shen, M.J., Peterson, E.B., Costas-Muniz, R. et al. The Effects of Race and Racial Concordance on Patient-Physician Communication: A Systematic Review of the Literature. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 2017.

Zhao X, Peterson E. Effects of Temporal Framing on Response to Antismoking Messages: The Mediating Role of Perceived Relevance. J Health Commun 2017 Jan; 22(1):37-44.

Zhao, X, Peterson, E.B., Kim, W., Rolfe-Redding, J. Effects of self-affirmation on daily vs. occasional smokers' responses to graphic warning labels. Communic Res 2014; 41:1137-1158.

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