Rachel Smith

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

Rachel Smith

Research Summary

Quantitative social scientist whose interests lie broadly in social influence and social systems, specializing on power, networks, and stigma. Design and evaluation of effective health campaigns. Infectious diseases and genomics.

Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Communication Health Health Behavior Students Masks Public Health Pandemics Viruses Antibodies Stigma Genes Social Norms Contagious Disease Metaphor Health Promotion Monitoring Student Campaign Stigmatization Experiment Latent Class Analysis Experiments Testing Community Interaction

Most Recent Publications

Molly A. Martin, Robert P. Lennon, Rachel A. Smith, Jessica G. Myrick, Meg L. Small, Lauren J. Van Scoy, 2022, Preventive Medicine Reports

Edward L. Fink, Rachel A. Smith, Deborah A. Cai, Heeyoung Jung, Joseph Woelfel, 2022, Health Communication on p. 548-560

R Lennon, Rachel Smith, M Small, L Van Scoy, J Myrick, M Martin, Data4Action Research Group, 2022, American Journal of Health Promotion on p. 180-184

Skeptical Health Mavens May Limit COVID-19 Vaccine Diffusion: Using the Innovation Diffusion Cycle to Interpret Results of a Cross-sectional Survey among People Who are Socially Vulnerable

Rachel A. Smith, Curtis W. Bone, Ashley Visco, William A. Calo, Jessica Wright, Destin Groff, Robert P. Lennon, 2022, Journal of Health Communication

A Meta-Analysis of Weight Stigma and Health Behaviors

Xun Zhu, Rachel A. Smith, Emily Buteau, 2022, Stigma and Health on p. 1-13

Longitudinal study of an emerging COVID-19 stigma

Rachel A. Smith, Xun Zhu, Molly A. Martin, Jessica G. Myrick, Robert P. Lennon, Meg L. Small, Lauren J.Van Scoy, 2022, Stigma and Health

COVID-19 Mitigation Among College Students: Social Influences, Behavioral Spillover, and Antibody Results

Rachel A. Smith, Meg L. Small, Nita Bharti, Samuel J. DeMatte, Robert P. Lennon, Matthew J. Ferrari, 2022, Health Communication

Persuasive Messages, Social Norms, and Reactance: A Study of Masking Behavior during a COVID-19 Campus Health Campaign

James Price Dillard, Xi Tian, Shannon Cruz, Rachel Annette Smith, Lijiang Shen, 2021, Health Communication

R Smith, Rosa Eberly, 2021, Journal of Applied Social Theory on p. 23

Most-Cited Papers

Rachel A. Smith, Nkuchia M. M’ikanatha, Andrew F. Read, 2015, Health Communication on p. 309-314

An Experimental Test of Stigma Communication Content with a Hypothetical Infectious Disease Alert

Rachel A. Smith, 2012, Communication Monographs on p. 522-538

Victoria C. Barclay, Rachel A. Smith, Jill L. Findeis, 2012, Malaria Journal

Rachel A. Smith, David Hughes, 2014, Communication Studies on p. 132-138

Defining genes using “blueprint” versus “instruction” metaphors: Effects for genetic determinism, response efficacy, and perceived control

Roxanne Parrott, Rachel A. Smith, 2014, Health Communication on p. 137-146

Rachel A. Smith, Amanda Applegate, 2018, Communication Education on p. 382-393

Segmenting an Audience into the Own, the Wise, and Normals

Rachel A. Smith, 2012, Communication Research Reports on p. 257-265

Xun Zhu, Rachel A. Smith, Roxanne L. Parrott, 2017, Journal of Applied Communication Research on p. 179-198

Rachel A. Smith, Xun Zhu, Edward L. Fink, 2019, Health Communication on p. 424-436