Staff: Melinda Krakow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Melinda Krakow

Melinda Krakow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Former Fellow, Transitioned Outside of the Program

Cancer Prevention Fellow
Former Organization:

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.



Research Areas

  • Health communication
  • Dissemination of cancer science and cancer in the media
  • Family health communication and genetics
  • Rural health

Selected Publications and Presentations