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 Public Health Social Network Antibiotics Group Social Support Microbial Drug Resistance Contagious Disease Metaphor Anti Bacterial Agents Genes Stigma Linguistics Experiment Experiments Monitoring Human Being Latent Class Analysis Social Networking Campaign Disease Malaria Intention Antimicrobial Stewardship

Most Recent Papers

Campaign preparation for complex initiatives: A person-centered approach to audience segmentation of parents’ antibiotic stewardship

Rachel Smith, E MacGeorge, Nicole Hackman, Nkuchia M'ikantha, Health Communication

Advancing Research on Character Assassination and Stigma Communication: A Dynamics of Character

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

Stigma, communication, and health

Xun Zhu, Rachel Smith, 2021,

How Americans Make Sense of Two Novel Pandemics

Edward L. Fink, Rachel A. Smith, Deborah A. Cai, Heeyoung Jung, Joseph Woelfel, 2021, Health Communication

Standing out while fitting in: Examining linguistic choices by boundary spanners.

Xun Zhu, Rachel A. Smith, 2020, Communication Monographs

PCAS: A collaborative approach to antibiotic stewardship in Pennsylvania

Tabitha Reefer, Rachel Smith, Nicole Hackman, 2020, Journal of Lancaster General Hospital on p. 36-43

A stress buffering perspective on the progression of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Xi Tian, Denise Haunani Solomon, Rachel A. Smith, 2020, Health Communication on p. 747-755

Communal Innovations

Rachel A. Smith, Youllee Kim, Stephen A. Matthews, Eleanore D. Sternberg, Dimi Théodore Doudou, Matthew B. Thomas, 2020, Journal of Health Communication on p. 444-453

Precise Persuasion

Rachel A. Smith, Edward L. Fink, Adriana Romano, Nkuchia M. M’ikanatha, 2020, Journal of Health Communication on p. 1-14

Exploring patterns of social relationships among food bloggers on twitter using a social network analysis approach

Allison D. Hepworth, Jess Kropczynski, Justin Walden, Rachel A. Smith, 2019, Journal of Social Structure

Most-Cited Papers

Antibiotic resistance: a primer and call to action

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

Surveillance considerations for malaria elimination

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

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

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

Infectious Disease Stigmas: Maladaptive in Modern Society

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

Testing the Model of Stigma Communication with a Factorial Experiment in an Interpersonal Context

Rachel A. Smith, 2014, Communication Studies on p. 154-173

Living with a rare health condition

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

Investigating the potential impact of social talk on prevention through social networks: The relationships between social talk and refusal self-efficacy and norms

Hye Jeong Choi, Michael Hecht, Rachel A. Smith, 2017, Prevention Science on p. 459-468

Preparing for Antibiotic Resistance Campaigns

Rachel A. Smith, Madisen Quesnell, Lydia Glick, Nicole Hackman, Nkuchia M. M'Ikanatha, 2015, Journal of Health Communication on p. 1433-1440

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

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