HANNAH GETACHEW-SMITH

Hannah (Badal) Getachew-Smith (she/her) is a fourth 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 interventions to facilitate difficult conversations in health. Hannah’s research interests focus on the evaluation of digital health interventions that address health disparities. Her research is generously supported by Northwestern University’s Presidential Fellowship.

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Getachew-Smith, H., Ross, A. A., Scherr, C. L., Dean, M., & Clements, M. L. (2019). Previving: How unaffected women with a BRCA1/2 mutation navigate previvor identity. Health Communication.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  1. Scherr, C. L., Badal, H. J., Xu, Y., Benante, K., Diamond, E., Heckman-Stoddard, B., & Khan, S. A. (2019, March). A pilot test of the impact of an informational animated video on potential participation in a window of opportunity study. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
  2. Scherr, C. L., Badal, H. J., Brooks, J., Sudec, L., & Roberts, M. Y. (2018, November). Exploring parents’ common sense representations of developmental delays and early intervention. Oral presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.
  3. Badal, H. J., Scherr, C., & Ramesh, S. (2018, September). Fertility preservation counseling information satisfaction and needs among oncology patients. Oral presentation at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Porto, Portugal.
  4. Badal, H. J., Ross, A. A., Scherr, C. L., Dean, M., & Clements, M. (2018, May). Previving: How unaffected women with a BRCA1/2 mutation define and construct identity. Oral presentation at the International Communication Association Annual Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
  5. Badal, H. J., Scherr, C. L., Sudec, L. J., Dolezal, A., Marshall-Fricker, C., & Roberts, M. Y. (2018, April). Sources of tension during the evaluation and therapy process among parents of children with developmental delays. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  6. Scherr, C. L., Ross, A., Badal, H. J., Marshall-Fricker, C., Shrestha, N., Fischhoff, B., & Vadaparampil, S. T. (2018, April). Decision-making after a variant of uncertain significance from genetic testing for hereditary breast cancer: Expert opinions. Poster presentation Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
  7. Badal, H. J., Scherr, C., Aufox, S., Hoell, C., Espinoza, A., Ross, A., & Smith, M. (2017, April). Is it genetics or behavior? Perceived causes of disease among patients undergoing genome sequencing, baseline data. Poster presentation at the DC Conference on Health Communication, Fairfax, VA.
  8. Badal, H. J., Habarta, N., Boudewyns, V., Bhalakia, A., Stryker, J. E., & DeLuca, N. (2015, December). Reach and perceived effectiveness of Act Against AIDS testing campaigns targeting men who have sex with men. Oral presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  9. Badal, H. J., Stryker, J. E., DeLuca, N., & Purcell, D. (2015, December). Swipe left: Dating/hookup website and app use among men who have sex with men. Oral presentation at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  10. Badal, H. J., & Habarta, N. (2013, August). Reaching men who have sex with men (MSM): Findings and lessons learned from the Act Against AIDS campaign and other HIV communication efforts. Oral presentation at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, Atlanta, GA.