Staff: Melinda Krakow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Melinda Krakow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Cancer Prevention Fellow
Melinda "Mindy" Krakow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch. Dr. Krakow is a health communication specialist whose primary research program draws from social and behavioral scientific theories and epidemiology to investigate cancer communication through survey and experimental methodology. Her work investigated narrative persuasion messaging for cancer prevention and analyses of cancer communication among the U.S. population using the Health Information National Trends Survey. Other projects examined digital cancer media use, family genetic communication, and implementation of rural cancer communication services.
Dr. Krakow brought ten years of professional experience in mass media (most recently CBS Radio) prior to earning her doctoral degree in Health Communication at the University of Utah and her M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include Bradford Hesse.
- Health communication
- Dissemination of cancer science and cancer in the media
- Family health communication and genetics
- Rural health
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Krakow M, Yale RN, Perez Torres D, Christy K, Jensen JD. Death Narratives and Cervical Cancer: Impact of Character Death on Narrative Processing and HPV Vaccination. Health Psychol 2017 Jul 27.
- Krakow M, Beavis A, Cosides O, Rositch AF. Characteristics of Adolescents Lacking Provider-Recommended Human Papillomavirus Vaccination. J Adolesc Health 2017 May; 60(5):619-622.
- Jensen JD, Yale RN, Krakow M, John KK, King AJ. Theorizing Foreshadowed Death Narratives: Examining the Impact of Character Death on Narrative Processing and Skin Self-Exam Intentions.. J Health Commun 2017 Jan; 22(1):84-93.
- Jensen JD, Holton AE, Krakow M, Weaver J, Donovan E, Tavtigian S. Colorectal cancer prevention and intentions to use low-dose aspirin: A survey of 1000 U.S. adults aged 40-65. Cancer Epidemiol 2016 Apr; 41:99-105.
- Krakow M, Rogers B. Collateral Damage and Critical Turning Points: Public Health Implications of HPV Vaccine News Coverage for Boys and Men in 2011. Health Commun 2016 Sep; 31(9):1081-8.