Jennifer Manganello, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University at Albany (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I have developed a unique expertise as a health communication scholar studying the role of health literacy and media influences for youth, including young adults. My research is driven by four main goals. The first is to learn how we can mitigate the negative effects of media while also investigating the use of media and new technology to improve health outcomes for youth. The second is to better understand the role health literacy plays in health outcomes for youth, and identify ways to enhance health literacy skills and the health literacy environment to improve outcomes. The third goal is to learn more about the intersection of these two areas of study, and the fourth is to improve methods used in health communication and health literacy research. To address these goals, my work incorporates theories, concepts, and methods from the fields of public health and communication. My research has addressed topics related to injury, aggression, unsafe sex, and obesity, and I am currently collecting data about new media use by parents who have children with special health care needs. I have utilized a broad range of skills and methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) in my work and have conducted both primary data collection and secondary data analysis. I am also beginning to use CBPR methods, and have prioritized the study of vulnerable populations in my research.


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
PhD in Health Policy and Management, April 2003

Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
MPH, May 1996, Health Services and Epidemiology

Pomona College, Claremont, CA
BA, May 1993, Politics

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUniversity at Albany
School of Public Health
One University Place, #165
Rensselaer, NY 12144