Staff: Katie M. Heley, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Katie M. Heley

Katie M. Heley, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Current Fellow

Cancer Prevention Fellow
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Katie Heley, PhD, MPH, is a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB).

Her research focuses on the intersection of health and communication, using mixed methods to understand and influence attitudes, behavior, policy support and stigma around chronic, non-communicable diseases and their related behaviors. Her work focuses on health, visual, and policy communication; media and health; message effects, marketing, persuasion, and strategic communication around health behaviors; health-related stigma; and public health ethics. Katie also has extensive experience in intervention development, implementation, and evaluation; public health practice; program management; health literacy initiatives; and stigma-reduction efforts.

Dr. Heley received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and, as part of her doctoral training, also studied at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. Her dissertation explored how traditional, digital, and social media sources communicate around and frame health issues and behaviors; misinformation on social media; and visual framing on social media and in online news. Prior to working and studying at Johns Hopkins, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou.

Research Areas

  • Health communication
  • Visual communication
  • Stigma
  • Media
  • Ethics

Selected Publications and Presentations

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