Staff: Emily Peterson, Ph.D.

Emily Peterson

Emily Peterson, Ph.D.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Organization: Contact:
emily.peterson@nih.gov
240-276-7812

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/or past BRP mentors include Wen-Ying Chou.


Selected Publications and Presentations