Jennifer Manganello, PhD

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


Featured Publications

Manganello J, Smith, K, Sudakow K, & Summers, A. (2012). A content analysis of food advertisements appearing in parenting magazines. Public Health Nutrition. Advance access published December 10, 2012, doi: 10.1017/S1368980012005216.

Smith KC, Gielen AC, Girasek D, Baker S, Manganello J, Bowman SM & Samuels A. (2012). ‘It was a freak accident’: an analysis of the labelling of injury events in the US press. Injury Prevention. 18(1), 38-43. Advance access published June 9, 2011, doi:10.1136/ip.2011.031609. *Selected as Editor’s Choice article.

Manganello JA & Clayman M. (2011). The association of understanding of medical statistics with health information seeking and health provider interaction in a national sample of young adults. Journal of Health Communication, 16(3), 163-176.

Maniccia D, Davison K, Marshall S, Manganello J, & Dennison B. (2011). A meta-analysis of interventions that target children’s screen-time reduction. Pediatrics. 128(1), e193.

Manganello JA & Chauhan A. (2011). Car riding behavior in television programs watched by adolescents. Journal of Children and Media, 5(2), 194-203.

Clayman M, Manganello J, Viswanath K, Hesse BW, & Arora NK. (2010). Providing health messages to Hispanics/Latinos: Understanding the importance of language and trust in health information sources. Journal of Health Communication, 15(S3), 252-263.

Jordan A, Bleakley A, Manganello J, Hennessy M, Stevens R, & Fishbein M. (2010). The role of television access in viewing time of U.S. adolescents. Journal of Children and Media, 4(4), 355-370.

Manganello JA & Blake N. (2010). A study of quantitative content analysis of health messages in U. S. media from 1985-2005. Health Communication, 25(5), 387-396.

Manganello JA, Henderson V, Jordan A, Trentacoste N, Martin S, Hennessy M, & Fishbein M. (2010). Adolescent judgment of sexual content on television: Implications for future content analysis research. Journal of Sex Research, 47(4), 364-373. Advance access published June 16, 2009, doi:10.1080/00224490903015868.

Manganello JA & Taylor C. (2009). Television exposure as a risk factor for aggressive behavior among 3 year olds. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 163(11), 1037-1045.

Manganello JA, & McKenzie L. (2009). Home and child safety on reality television. Health Education Research, 24(1), 49-53. Advance access published January 23, 2008, doi: 10.1093/her/cym088. (Research Brief)

Manganello JA. (2008). Teens, dating violence and media use: A conceptual model and agenda for future research. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 9(1), 3-18.

Manganello JA, Franzini A, & Jordan A. (2008). Sampling television programs for content analysis of sex on TV: How many episodes are enough? Journal of Sex Research, 45(1), 9-16.

Manganello JA. (2008). Health literacy and adolescents: A framework and agenda for future research. Health Education Research, 23(5), 840-847. Advance access published November 17, 2007, doi: 10.1093/her/cym069.


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