Christine Skubisz is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior Science. Dr. Skubisz
received her PhD from the University of Maryland, MA from Michigan State University,
and BA from Purdue University. Her postdoctoral training was completed at the
University of Pennsylvania in the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication
Research. She has held faculty appointments at Tufts University, the University of
Illinois, and Emerson College teaching courses in health communication, persuasion,
research methods, statistics, health behavior theory, and public health campaigns.
Dr. Skubisz’s expertise is in message design and evaluation, health and risk
communication, risk perception, and the cognitive processing of health risks. Her work
examines how people process information to make health-related decisions and how to
present health information to facilitate comprehension and use. The substantive topics
of her work have included tobacco control, cancer, medical decision making, violence
risk, obesity, chemical exposure, food defense, and food labeling. Her research is
published in Psychology and Health, Appetite, Communication Yearbook, Health
Communication, the Journal of Cancer Education, the Journal of Health
Communication, the International Quarterly of Community Health Education, Patient
Education and Counseling, and Communication Monographs.
- BHAN311: Issues in Health Behavior Science
- BHAN326: Research Methods and Statistics for Behavioral Science
- BHAN464: Internship: FITNESS MANAGEMENT
Explaining the effects of a decision intervention on mammography intentions
Seitz, H. H., Gibson, L., Skubisz, C., Forquer, H., Mello, S., Schapira, M. M., Armstrong,
K., & Cappella, J. N. (in press). Explaining the effects of a decision intervention on
mammography intentions: The roles of worry, fear, and perceived susceptibility to
breast cancer. Psychology and Health.
Decide 2 Screen:
Naturally good: Front-of- package claims as message cues.
Skubisz, C. (2017). Naturally good: Front-of- package claims as message cues.
Appetite, 108, 506-511. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.10.030
Tips from former smokers: A content analysis of persuasive message features.
Skubisz, C., Miller, G., Miller, A., Kaur, S., & Hinsberg, L. (2016). Tips from former
smokers: A content analysis of persuasive message features. International Quarterly of
Community Health Education, 37, 13-20. doi: 10.1177/0272684X16685253
Predicting visual attention to nutrition information on food products: The influence of motivation and ability.
Turner, M. M., Skubisz, C., Patel Pandya, S., Silverman, M., & Austin, L. L. (2014).
Predicting visual attention to nutrition information on food products: The influence of
motivation and ability. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 1017-1029. doi:
Communicating quantitative risk information
Skubisz, C., Reimer, T., & Hoffrage, U. (2009). Communicating quantitative risk
information. In C. Beck (Ed.), Communication yearbook 33 (pp. 177-212). Mahwah, NJ:
Lawrence Erlbaum. doi: 978-0- 415-99961- 8