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Research interests

I investigate how thoughts about cancer risk (i.e., cancer cognitions) influence laypeople’s medical decisions and engagement in cancer prevention behaviors. To date, my research has focused on risk perception, Internet-based risk communication, laypeople’s decision making about undergoing chemopreventive therapies for cancer, and tobacco use. I am expanding my research to address the role of cancer cognitions in socioeconomic and racial/ethnic-based cancer disparities. I also plan to explore how lay perceptions of genetic risk information influence cancer cognitions and health behaviors. Ultimately, I seek to build health communication and behavior interventions that reduce disparities in cancer morbidity and mortality.

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Research Output

  • 1382 Citations
  • 71 Article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Comment/debate

Cultural worldviews and perceived risk of colon cancer and diabetes

Chen, X., Orom, H., Kiviniemi, M. T., Waters, E. A., Schofield, E., Li, Y. & Hay, J. L., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Health, Risk and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Examining strategies for addressing high levels of ‘I don’t know’ responding to risk perception questions for colorectal cancer and diabetes: an experimental investigation

    Hay, J. L., Schofield, E., Kiviniemi, M., Waters, E. A., Chen, X., Kaphingst, K., Li, Y. & Orom, H., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychology and Health.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Participatory Design of a Personalized Genetic Risk Tool to Promote Behavioral Health

    Ramsey, A. T., Bray, M., Acayo Laker, P., Bourdon, J. L., Dorsey, A., Zalik, M., Pietka, A., Salyer, P., Waters, E. A., Chen, L-S. & Bierut, L. J., Jul 1 2020, In : Cancer Prevention Research. 13, 7, p. 583-592 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • ‘Don’t know’ responding and estimates of perceived risk: failing to provide a ‘don’t know’ response systematically biases laypeople’s perceived risk estimates

    Kiviniemi, M. T., Ellis, E. M., Orom, H., Waters, E. A. & Hay, J. L., Jan 2 2020, In : Health, Risk and Society. 22, 1, p. 69-85 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Adapting a self-affirmation intervention for use in a mobile application for smokers

    Taber, J. M., McQueen, A., Simonovic, N. & Waters, E. A., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 42, 6, p. 1050-1061 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations