Kelley Blake

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Kelly Blake is a Health Scientist and Program Director in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), where she directs a program of research on health journalism. She serves as part of the management team for NCI's Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), and conducts research examining how media exposure influences health behavior and attitudes toward public health policy. She also examines social determinates of health, primarily focusing on how communication inequalities and knowledge gaps exacerbate health disparities among disadvantaged populations. Before re-joining NCI in 2009, Dr. Blake was a cancer prevention fellow and research assistant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (2005-2009), working in Dr. K. Viswanath's research lab as she pursued her doctoral training. During that time, she also did private consulting work in health communication, and served as a teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, teaching classes entitled Society & Health (2007); Politics and Strategies for Change in Health Policy (2008); Health Promotion through Mass Media (2009); and Public Opinion, Polling, and Public Policy (2009). Prior to that, she served as a science writer and editor in NCI's Office of the Director (OD) (2001-2005). Before that, she was a hospital-based public health educator and site coordinator for the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships Program (1997-2001), and a health communication research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (1996-1997). She earned a Doctor of Science degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master's degree in Community Health Education from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Marshall University.