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About Lauren B. Frank

My research focuses on how media may affect health attitudes and behaviors. Through an ongoing research program, I aim to explore multiple variables articulating the process by which media, whether campaigns, news, or entertainment programs, can have an impact on individuals, groups, and societies at large. In particular, I am interested in how public health organizations produce and disseminate their messages and what the potential impacts of such messages are. In one recent project, I used social network analysis and hierarchical linear modeling to examine social norms in work groups around the issue of H1N1 influenza.
I graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor's degree in psychology in 2002. I earned my Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2006 with an emphasis on international public health and human nutrition. I then worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health conducting research on maternal and child health. In 2011, I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Portland State University's Department of Communication.


Present Associate Professor, Portland State University Communication

Curriculum Vitae


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  • Comm 313U: Communication in Groups
  • Comm 316: Communication, Individuals, and Discourse Comm
  • Comm 423/523: Advanced Organizational and Strategic Communication
  • Comm 429/529: Health Communication Campaigns
  • Comm 521: Quantitative Methods in Communication Research


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