Hannah (Badal) Getachew-Smith (she/her) is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program within the Department of Communication Studies and a Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University. She was trained in public health with an emphasis on behavioral sciences and health education, earning her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Prior to returning to Northwestern, Hannah spent four years working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducting research to develop and evaluate national HIV prevention campaigns. Hannah is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
At Northwestern, Hannah works with Dr. Courtney Scherr in the Health Communication Interaction Design Lab within the Center for Communication and Health to develop and evaluate interventions to facilitate difficult conversations in health. Hannah’s research interests focus on the evaluation of digital health interventions that address health disparities. Her dissertation work is situated within the context of developmental delays among children. Her research is generously supported by Northwestern University’s Presidential Fellowship.
- Scherr, C. L., Getachew-Smith, H., Ross, A. A., Marshall-Fricker, C. G., Shrestha, N., Brooks, K., Fischhoff, B., & Vadaparampil, S. T. (2020). A modern dilemma: How experts grapple with ambiguous genetic test results. Medical Decision Making, 40(5), 655-668. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272989X20935864
- Scherr, C. L., Getachew-Smith, H., Sudec, L. J., Brooks, J., & Roberts, M. Y. (2020). The identification of developmental delays and engagement with early intervention services: Exploring parents’ sensemaking processes. Social Science & Medicine, 255, 112941. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112941
- Getachew-Smith, H., Ross, A. A., Scherr, C. L., Dean, M., & Clements, M. L. (2020). Previving: How unaffected women with a BRCA1/2 mutation navigate previvor identity. Health Communication, 35(10), 1256-1265. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2019.1625002
- Arguedas, A. A. R., Scherr, C. L., Dean, M., Badal, H. J., & Clements, M. (2019). Intersections of health and gender imperatives: Stratified decision-making among women with a BRCA mutation. BioSocieties, 15(2), 245-269. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-019-00154-8
- Badal, H. J., Boudewyns, V., Uhrig, J. D., August, E. M., Ruddle, P., & Stryker, J. E. (2019). Testing Makes Us Stronger™: Evaluating the correlation between exposure and intermediate outcomes targeted by the campaign’s messages. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(1), 53-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2018.08.037
- Boudewyns, V., Paquin, R. S., Uhrig, J. D., Badal, H. J., August, E., & Stryker, J. E. (2018). An interrupted time series evaluation of the Testing Makes Us Stronger HIV campaign for black gay and bisexual men in the United States. Journal of Health Communication, 23(10-11), 865-873. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2018.1528318
- Badal, H. J., Stryker, J. E., DeLuca, N., & Purcell, D. W. (2018). Swipe right: Dating website and app use among men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 22(4),1265-1272. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-017-1882-7
- Habarta, N., Boudewyns, V., Badal, H. J., Johnston, J., Uhrig, J., Green, D., Ruddle, P., Rosenthal, J., & Stryker, J. E. (2017). Testing Makes Us Stronger: Analysis of the effects of exposure to CDC’s Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign on HIV testing behavior among black gay and bisexual men. AIDS Education and Prevention, 29(3), 228-240. https://doi.org/10.1521/aeap.2017.29.3.228
- Dunlop, A. L., Dretler, A. W., Badal, H. J., & Logue, K. M. (2013). Acceptability and potential impact of brief preconception health risk assessment and counseling in the WIC setting. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(sp3), S58-S65. https://doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.120109-QUAL-7
- Dunlop, A. L., Logue, K. M., Thorne, C., & Badal, H. J. (2013). Change in women’s knowledge of general and personal preconception health risks following targeted brief counseling in publicly funded primary care settings. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(sp3), S50-S57. https://doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.120116-QUAN-39
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
- Getachew-Smith, H., King, A. J., Marshall-Fricker, C., & Scherr, C. L. (2020, November 19-22). Process evaluation in health communication campaigns: A systematic review [Oral presentation]. 106th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN.
- Scherr, C. L., Kalke, K., Getachew-Smith, H., Marshall-Fricker, C., Dholakia, N., Hoell, C., Shubat Baldridge, A., Rasmussen-Torvik, L., Aufox, S., Smith, M. E., & Chisholm, R. (2020, November 19-22). The impact of illness orientation and genetic determinism on risk perception in participants prior to undergoing genome sequencing [Oral presentation]. 106th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN. *Top Paper Applied Health Communication Division
- Getachew-Smith, H. (2020, October 24-28). Examining digital health intervention engagement in communication: Findings from a scoping review [Oral presentation]. 148th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- Getachew-Smith, H., King, A. J., Marshall-Fricker, C., & Scherr, C. L. (2020, April 2-4). Inconsistent reporting of best practices: Findings from a health communication campaign process evaluation systematic review [Poster presentation]. 17th Biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY. *Top Poster Honorable Mention
- Scherr, C. L., Ramesh, S., Getachew-Smith, H., & Kalke, K. (2020, April 2-4). Patients’ experience with ambiguous test results: The impact of provider interpretation on emotion, risk perception, and medical risk management [Oral presentation]. 17th Biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.
- Scherr, C. L., Kalke, K., Getachew-Smith, H., Hoell, C., Aufox, S., & Smith, M. (2020, April 1-4). Illness risk perceptions and health protective behaviors prior to genetic sequencing [Poster presentation]. 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA. (Conference canceled)
- Scherr, C. L., Ramesh, S., Getachew-Smith, H., Fischhoff, B., & Vadaparampil, S. (2019, November 14-17). Patient decision making in the face of true uncertainty: The case of variants of uncertain significance from genetic testing [Oral presentation]. 105th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD.
- Scherr, C. L., Badal, H. J., Xu, Y., Benante, K., Diamond, E., Heckman-Stoddard, B., & Khan, S. A. (2019, March 6-9). A pilot test of the impact of an informational animated video on potential participation in a window of opportunity study [Poster presentation]. 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
- Scherr, C. L., Badal, H. J., Brooks, J., Sudec, L., & Roberts, M. Y. (2018, November 8-11). Exploring parents’ common sense representations of developmental delays and early intervention [Oral presentation]. 104th National Communication Association Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.
- Badal, H. J., Scherr, C., & Ramesh, S. (2018, September 1-4). Fertility preservation counseling information satisfaction and needs among oncology patients [Oral presentation]. 16th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Porto, Portugal.