Kathryn Heley, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Kathryn Heley, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)
Entry Year

Doctoral Degree

Ph.D., Health and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University (2021)

Master's Degree

M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University (2012)

Research Interests

Communication (Health, Policy), Media Studies, Social Media, Stigma, Misinformation, Prevention

Primary Preceptor/Branch/Division

Robin C. Vanderpool, Dr.P.H., Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)


Gaysynsky A, Heley K, Chou WS. An Overview of Innovative Approaches to Support Timely and Agile Health Communication Research and Practice. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Nov 16;19(22):15073. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192215073. PMID: 36429796.

Moran MB, Weiger C, Czaplicki L, Heley K. Evidence of Youth-Appealing Cigarette Advertising Tactics from a Randomized, Controlled Experiment. Nicotine Tob Res. 2022 Oct 17;24(10):1619-1626. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntac077. PMID: 35325239.

Heley K, Czaplicki L, Kennedy RD, Moran M. 'Help Save The Planet One Bidi Stick At A Time!': greenwashing disposable vapes. Tob Control. 2022 Sep;31(5):675-678. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056425. Epub 2021 Mar 29. PMID: 33782198.

Heley K, Gaysynsky A, King AJ. Missing the Bigger Picture: The Need for More Research on Visual Health Misinformation. Sci Commun. 2022 Aug;44(4):514-527. doi: 10.1177/10755470221113833. Epub 2022 Aug 5. PMID: 36082150.

Lowry M, Trivedi N, Boyd P, Julian A, Treviño M, Lama Y, Heley K, Perna F. Making decisions about health information on social media: a mouse-tracking study. Cogn Res Princ Implic. 2022 Jul 22;7(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s41235-022-00414-5. PMID: 35867169.

Heley K, Popova L, Moran MB, Ben Taleb Z, Hart JL, Wackowski OA, Westling E, Smiley SL, Stanton CA. Targeted tobacco marketing in 2020: the case of #BlackLivesMatter. Tob Control. 2021 Dec 14:tobaccocontrol-2021-056838. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2021-056838. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34907090.

Moran MB, Heley K, Czaplicki L, Weiger C, Strong D, Pierce J. Tobacco Advertising Features That May Contribute to Product Appeal Among US Adolescents and Young Adults. Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 Aug 4;23(8):1373-1381. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntaa275. PMID: 33377146.

Heley K, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Niederdeppe J, Barry CL. Reducing Health-Related Stigma Through Narrative Messages. Health Commun. 2020 Jun;35(7):849-860. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1598614. Epub 2019 Apr 23. PMID: 31014112.

Moran MB, Heley K, Baldwin K, Xiao C, Lin V, Pierce JP. Selling tobacco: A comprehensive analysis of the U.S. tobacco advertising landscape. Addict Behav. 2019 Sep;96:100-109. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.04.024. Epub 2019 Apr 25. PMID: 31071602.

Moran MB, Heley K, Pierce JP, Niaura R, Strong D, Abrams D. Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Recalled Exposure to and Self-Reported Impact of Tobacco Marketing and Promotions. Health Commun. 2019 Mar;34(3):280-289. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1407227. Epub 2017 Dec 13. PMID: 29236530.

Townsend L, Musci R, Stuart E, Heley K, Beaudry MB, Schweizer B, Ruble A, Swartz K, Wilcox H. Gender Differences in Depression Literacy and Stigma After a Randomized Controlled Evaluation of a Universal Depression Education Program. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Apr;64(4):472-477. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.10.298. Epub 2019 Jan 4. PMID: 30612807.

Xiao C, Heley K, Kennedy RD, Lagasse L, Moran MB. Sociodemographic differences in reasons for ENDS use among US youth within Wave 2 of the PATH study. Tob Induc Dis. 2019 Jan 21;17:04. doi: 10.18332/tid/99879. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31582916.

Swartz K, Musci RJ, Beaudry MB, Heley K, Miller L, Alfes C, Townsend L, Thornicroft G, Wilcox HC. School-Based Curriculum to Improve Depression Literacy Among US Secondary School Students: A Randomized Effectiveness Trial. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec;107(12):1970-1976. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304088. Epub 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29048969.

McGinty EE, Niederdeppe J, Heley K, Barry CL. Public perceptions of arguments supporting and opposing recreational marijuana legalization. Prev Med. 2017 Jun;99:80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.01.024. Epub 2017 Feb 9. PMID: 28189806.

Beaudry MB, Townsend L, Heley K, Cogan E, Schweizer N, Swartz K. Fulfilling the Common Core Standards and Meeting Students' Needs for Depression Education: ADAP. J Sch Health. 2017 Apr;87(4):296-299. doi: 10.1111/josh.12496. PMID: 28260246.

Hart SR, Kastelic EA, Wilcox HC, Beaudry MB, Musci RJ, Heley KM, Ruble AE, Swartz KL. Achieving Depression Literacy: The Adolescent Depression Knowledge Questionnaire (ADKQ). School Ment Health. 2014 Sep 1;6(3):213-223. doi: 10.1007/s12310-014-9120-1. Epub 2014 Feb 23. PMID: 27182284.