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Cancer Prevention Fellow
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
Melinda "Mindy" Krakow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., is a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch. Dr. Krakow is a health communication specialist with expertise in design and evaluation of public health interventions that target cancer-relevant behaviors. Her primary research focuses on developing effective communication-based interventions via experimental methodology. Most of her recent work investigates avenues for improving HPV vaccination rates for teens and young adults as a primary cancer prevention strategy.
This work has resulted in the development and pre-testing of narrative-based cancer information intervention materials for young adults. She also has worked on multiple grant-funded research projects, and in these positions she has led message design, data collection, statistical analyses, and manuscript preparation. Dr. Krakow earned a doctorate from the University of Utah, an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a master's degree in electronic communication from San Francisco State University, and bachelor's degree in sociology and legal studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Krakow worked in broadcast media, most recently at CBS San Francisco.
Current and past BRP mentors include Bradford Hesse.