Christine Skubisz, Ph. D.

Christine Skubisz, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor

Ph: 302-831-1006

Dr. Skubisz is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior Science. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, M.A. from Michigan State University, and B.A. from Purdue University. Her postdoctoral training was completed in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research.

As a social scientist, Dr. Skubisz uses quantitative research methods to conduct research in the area of health and risk communication. Her work examines how people process information to make health related decisions and how to present health information to facilitate comprehension and use. This includes message design and evaluation for public health campaigns and patient decision aids. The health topics of her work have included tobacco control, breast cancer, medical decision making, violence risk, obesity, chemical exposure, and food labeling.

Dr. Skubisz is the director of the Health and Wellness minor and the faculty advisor for the Pre-Health Professionals Club.


  • BHAN 367: Health Communication Campaigns (Fall 2018)
  • BHAN 334: Health Behavior Assessment
  • BHAN 326: Research Methods and Statistics for Behavioral Science
  • BHAN 311: Issues in Health Behavior Science


Recent Publications
  • Skubisz, C. (in press). College, mental health, and a violent student on campus: Employing frequency and probability formats to communicate violence risk. Journal of Risk Research. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2018.1459792
  • Hinsberg, L., Marques, F., Leavitt, L., Skubisz, C., Sepucha, K., & Wasfy, J. H. (2018).
    Comparing the effectiveness of two different decision aids for stable chest discomfort.
    Coronary Artery Disease, 29, 230-236.  doi: 10.1097/MCA.0000000000000581
  • Seitz, H. H., Schapira, M. M., Gibson, L. A., Skubisz, C., Forquer, H., Mello, S., Armstrong, K., & Cappella, J. N. (2017). Explaining the effects of a decision intervention on mammography intentions: The roles of worry, fear, and perceived susceptibility to breast cancer. Psychology & Health, 33, 682-700. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1387261
  • Skubisz, C. (2017). Naturally good: Front-of-package claims as message cues. Appetite, 108, 506-511. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.10.030
  • 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
  • Seitz, H. H., Gibson, L., Skubisz, C., Forquer, H., Mello, S., Schapira, M. M., Armstrong, K., & Cappella, J. N. (2016). Effects of a risk-based online mammography intervention on accuracy of risk perceptions and mammography intentions. Patient Education and Counseling, 99,1647-1657. doi:
Professional Service

Ad-Hoc Reviewer

  • Health Communication
  • Journal of Health Communication
  • Communication Reports
  • Communication Quarterly
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Food and Drug Administration Office of Prescription Drug Promotion
Committee Membership
  • Society for Health Communication, Research and Evaluation Committee
  • Society for Health Communication, Health Campaigns Committee
Awards and Honors
  • Research Presentation Award, DC Health Communication Conference (2015)
  • Top Research Presentation, DC Health Communication Conference (2013)
  • Top Research Paper, Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association (2010)
  • Outstanding M.A. Thesis, Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association (2007)
Current Research Projects
  • Get Up and Do Something Campaign, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health (PI: M. Peterson)
  • A Communication Intervention to Reduce Residential Lawn Chemical Use in Andover, Massachusetts, Andover Conservation Commission (with J. Honea)