Beth Hoffman, MPH

Research Assistant

Beth HoffmanBiography

Beth Hoffman joined MTH in 2014. After graduating from Brown University magna cum laude in 2007 with a BSc in Human Biology, Beth completed her first year of medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania before deciding to switch her career focus to public health and health communication. She completed her Master's in Public Health in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 and began her work in the same department toward a PhD. Her research interests include the portrayal of health topics in television programs, the influence of media on mental health, and the spread of health information (and misinformation) on social media.

Education

PhD (in progress), Behavioral and Community Health Sciences University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

MPH, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Preclinical courses for medical degree University of Pennsylvania

BSc, Human Biology, Magna Cum Laude Brown University

Projects

Title: Leveraging Twitter to Monitor Nicotine and Tobacco-Related Cancer Communication
Role: Research Assistant
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant Number: R01-CA225773
Years: 2018-2022

Title: Optimizing Mental Health in the Age of Social Media
Role: Research Assistant
Funding Agency: Fine Foundation
Years: 2017-2019

Title: Anti-Vaccination Sentiment on Facebook
Role: Lead Researcher
Collaborators: Kids+ Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Years: 2017-Present

Title: Entertainment Repository to Improve Communication and Alliance in Healthcare (ERICAH)
Role: Project Coordinator
Collaborators: Work Hard Pittsburgh
Years: 2017-Present

Title: Patient Centered Communication on Popular Primetime Television Programs
Role: Co-Investigator
Collaborators: Hollywood, Health & Society
Funding: The SCAN Foundation
Years: 2017-Present

Title: Improving U.S. Health Policy Regarding Water-pipe Tobacco Smoking
Role: Research Assistant
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute
Grant Number: R21-CA185767
Years: 2014-2018

Title: The Influence of Fictional Medical Television on Health
Role: Lead Researcher
Years: 2015-2017

Complete Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications (See More)

  1. Hoffman BL, Felter EM, Chu K, Shensa A, Hermann C, Wolynn T, Williams D, Primack BA. (2019) It’s not all about autism: The emerging landscape of anti-vaccination sentiment on Facebook. Vaccine. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.03.003
  2. Hoffman BL, Rosenthal, EL, Colditz JB, McGarry RP, Primack BA. (2018) Use of Twitter to viewer reactions to the medical drama Code Black. Journal of Health Communication .  doi: 10.1080/10810730.2018.1426660
  3. Hoffman BL, Tulikangas, MC, Shensa, A, James, AE, Colditz, JB, Sidani JE, Primack, BA. (2018) Pennsylvania policymakers’ knowledge, attitudes, and likelihood for action regarding waterpipe tobacco smoking and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. doi: 10.18332/tpc/89624
  4. Hoffman BL, Hoffman RM, Wessel C, Shensa A, Primack BA. (2017) The use of fictional medical television in medical education: A systematic review. Advances in Health Sciences Education. doi: 10.1007/s10459-017-9754-5
  5. Hoffman BL, Shensa A, Wessel C, Hoffman RM, Primack BA. (2017) Exposure to fictional medical television and health: A systematic review. Health Education Research.  doi: 10.1093/her/cyx034

Contact

Email: blh72@pitt.edu

Twitter: @bethany2384