Rachel Smith

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Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • University Park, PA 16802



Study Systems

Health Communication and Campaigns


Social Influence; Theories of Behavior Change

Antibiotic stewardship

HIV, Malaria, HPV

System Sciences


Examples of Recent Publications






Smith, R.A., Quesnell, M., Glick, L, Hackman, N., M'ikanatha, N.M. (2015) Preparing for antibiotic resistance campaigns: a person-centered approach to audience segmentation. Journal of Health Communication; DOI:10.1080/10810730.2015.1018652.

Smith, R.A., M'ikanatha, N.M., Read, A.F. (2014) Antibiotic resistance: a primer and a call to action. Health Communications; DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2014.943634

Smith, R. A. (2014). Infectious Disease Stigmas: Maladaptive in Modern Society. Communication Studies, 65(2), Special Issue on Stigma. DOI: 10.1080/10510974.2013.851096




Smith, R. A., Hernandez, R., & Catona, D. (2013) Investigating Initial Disclosures and Reactions to Unexpected, Positive HPV Diagnosis. Western Journal of Communication. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2013.786120





Smith, R. A., & Findeis, J. (2012). Investigating adopter categories for an agricultural innovation in Mozambique with Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Health Communication. DOI:10.1080/10810730.2012.688249


Smith, R. A. (2012). An experimental test of stigma communication features with a hypothetical infectious disease alert. Communication Monographs, 79, 522-538. DOI:10.1080/03637751.2012.723811


Smith, R. A. & Baker, M. (2012). HIV Stigma and Centrality in the Community’s Network in Namibia. AIDS & Behavior, 16, 525-534. PMID:22327408


Barclay, V. C., Smith, R. A., & Findeis, J. L. (2012). Surveillance considerations for malaria elimination. Malaria Journal.  DOI: 10.1186/1475-2875-11-304 http://www.malariajournal.com/content/11/1/304/abstract  [highly accessed]

Smith, R. A., & Parrott, R. (2012). Mental representations of HPV in Appalachia: Gender, semantic network analysis, and knowledge gaps. Journal of Health Psychology, 17  [ Also selected for reprint in Psychological Progress as Excellence in Research.  http://psychologyprogress.com/mental-representations-of-hpv-in-appalachi...

Smith, RA, Barclay, VC, & Findeis, JL. (2011). Investigating preferences for mosquito-control technologies in Mozambique with latent class analysis. Malaria Journal, 10:200, doi:10.1186/1475-2875-10-200.