Aurora Occa, Ph.D.

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20162022

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Research Interests

I am a health communication scholar using a social scientific approach to health communication research and intervention design. My research focuses on developing and evaluating persuasive message strategies and interventions to communicate complex or stigmatized health issues, such as medical research and clinical trials, cancer prevention and screening behaviors, mental health. I am especially interested in the effects of different media and technologies on individuals’ perceptions and health behaviors. My research is international and interdisciplinary. I collaborate with colleagues from various fields, particularly medicine and public health, and with professional designers, healthcare providers, and patients worldwide. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Miami

2018

Communication, Management, & Health, Master of Science

… → 2013

Business Administration (Marketing), Master of Science

… → 2012

Public Relations and Corporate Communication, Bachelor

… → 2011

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