Archana Krishnan, PhD

Department of Communication, State University of New York at Albany (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research focuses on the role of communication technology and social media on health outcomes and behavior. Specifically, I’m interested in developing and testing innovative, efficacious and cost-effective mHealth strategies to optimize health outcomes by improving medication adherence, linkage to and retention in care for populations facing the burden of substance abuse disorders and infectious diseases. Some of my recent projects include 1) a pilot project funded through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Fellows grant to develop and pilot-test a protocol using text-messaging reminders to increase medical appointment attendance among HIV-infected prisoners transitioning to the community; 2) gauging acceptability of mHealth interventions among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) in Peru – a group disproportionately affected by HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections; and 3) development and integration of text-messaging reminders to gauge alcohol use and improve retention in an alcohol pharmacotherapy study among HIV-infected prisoners with alcohol dependence.

I am also interested in the sharing and dissemination of health communication information through digital media outlets. Related projects currently in progress are a textual and content analysis of online discussion board postings of individuals on substance abuse treatment, and a communication campaign to influence positive attitudes of emerging HIV treatment providers in Malaysia towards proper initiation of antiretroviral therapy


Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2015, Yale University

Ph.D. Communication Sciences, 2011, University of Connecticut

M.A. Communication Sciences, 2009, University of Connecticut

M.S. Visual Communication, 2002, SRM Institute of Science and Technology

B.S. Computer Science, 1999, University of Madras

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