Amy Sanders

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Amy Sanders
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As a Communication Specialist at the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), Ms. Sanders supports the branch in its cyberinfrastructure and social media research initiatives. With a background in health communication and media she has research interests in the technological impact on health narratives, consumer health informatics, and technology-mediated health communication. In her role as a Communication Specialist, Ms. Sanders currently manages the Informatics for Consumer Health (ICH) platform along with its accompanying social media outreach channels. She serves as the communication liaison for this intra-agency online initiative to promote evidence-based, user-centered research and product development to provide behavioral support for consumers using health information technology. In addition, Ms. Sanders liaises on behalf of the HCIRB to represent varying projects at conferences and meetings and communicate internally and externally opportunities for collaboration. She is actively involved in projects related to the Community Health Data Initiative, championing the democratization of government data. Her additional duties include web team leader of user-experience and content curation for multiple program-level microsites. Ms. Sanders joined NCI in 2009 as a Cancer Research Fellow in HCIRB, working on the development of the ICH portal and a smoking cessation website tailored to teens. She received a M.A. of Communication from Texas A&M University, where she was a scholar of the New Global Media Program of Mexico City and interned at the Lance Armstrong Foundation in Web Marketing. She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Psychology and is the recipient of the esteemed Halsell Presidential Scholarship and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.