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Project Investigator Biography

K. Vish Viswanath, Ph. D. K. Vish Viswanath, Ph. D.

Harvard University School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
LW 630, 44 Binney Street
Boston, MA 02115
phone: (617) 632-2225
fax: (617) 582-8728

Dr. K. “Vish” Viswanath is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a faculty member in the Center for Community-Based Research (CCBR) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), and Director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). He also chairs the Steering Committee for the Health Communication Concentration at HSPH. Dr. Viswanath received his doctoral degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota.

He has written more than 80 journal articles and book chapters concerning communication and health disparities, public health communication campaigns, e-health and digital divide and the delivery of health communication interventions to underserved populations. He is the Co-Editor of three books: Mass Media, Social Control and Social Change (Iowa State University Press, 1999), Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research & Practice (Jossey Bass, 2008), and The Role of Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use (National Cancer Institute, 2008). He was also the Editor of the Social and Behavioral Research section of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication (Blackwell Publishing, 2008). His research, both in the United States and the developing world, is funded by the National Institutes of Health among others. He has consulted for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society.

Prior to his arrival at Harvard, he was the associate director for behavioral research and a senior health communication scientist at the National Cancer Institute. In addition to his various professional activities, last year he was appointed by Secretary Leavitt as the Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Marketing at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Updated: 07/23/09