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Mesfin Awoke Bekalu, Ph.D.

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  1. McCloud R, Perez C, Bekalu MA, Viswanath K. Using Smart Speaker Technology for Health and Well-being in an Older Adult Population: Pre-Post Feasibility Study. JMIR Aging. 2022 May 09; 5(2):e33498. PMID: 35532979; PMCID: PMC9127651.
  2. Dhawan D, Bekalu M, Pinnamaneni R, McCloud R, Viswanath K. COVID-19 News and Misinformation: Do They Matter for Public Health Prevention? J Health Commun. 2021 11 02; 26(11):799-808. PMID: 34865604.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  3. Lee EWJ, Bekalu MA, McCloud RF, Viswanath K. Toward an Extended Infodemiology Framework: Leveraging Social Media Data and Web Search Queries as Digital Pulse on Cancer Communication. Health Commun. 2023 02; 38(2):335-348. PMID: 34266333.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  4. Viswanath K, Bekalu M, Dhawan D, Pinnamaneni R, Lang J, McLoud R. Individual and social determinants of COVID-19 vaccine uptake. BMC Public Health. 2021 04 28; 21(1):818. PMID: 33910558.
    Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  5. Bekalu MA, Dhawan D, McCloud R, Pinnamaneni R, Viswanath K. Adherence to COVID-19 mitigation measures among American adults: the need for consistent and unified messaging. Health Educ Res. 2021 04 12; 36(2):178-191. PMID: 33496331; PMCID: PMC7928934.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  6. Dhawan D, Pinnamaneni R, Bekalu M, Viswanath K. Association between different types of mass media and antenatal care visits in India: a cross-sectional study from the National Family Health Survey (2015-2016). BMJ Open. 2020 12 15; 10(12):e042839. PMID: 33323449.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Bekalu MA, McCloud RF, Minsky S, Viswanath K. Association of social participation, perception of neighborhood social cohesion, and social media use with happiness: Evidence of trade-off (JCOP-20-277). J Community Psychol. 2021 03; 49(2):432-446. PMID: 33169391; PMCID: PMC9245361.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Bekalu MA, Gundersen DA, Viswanath K. Beyond Educating the Masses: The Role of Public Health Communication in Addressing Socioeconomic- and Residence-based Disparities in Tobacco Risk Perception. Health Commun. 2022 02; 37(2):214-221. PMID: 33054385; PMCID: PMC9261016.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  9. Ho SS, Looi J, Leung YW, Bekalu MA, Viswanath K. Comparing the knowledge gap hypothesis in the United States and Singapore: The case of nanotechnology. Public Underst Sci. 2020 11; 29(8):835-854. PMID: 32873159.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Lee EW, Bekalu MA, McCloud R, Vallone D, Arya M, Osgood N, Li X, Minsky S, Viswanath K. The Potential of Smartphone Apps in Informing Protobacco and Antitobacco Messaging Efforts Among Underserved Communities: Longitudinal Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 07 07; 22(7):e17451. PMID: 32673252.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Bekalu MA, McCloud RF, Viswanath K. Association of Social Media Use With Social Well-Being, Positive Mental Health, and Self-Rated Health: Disentangling Routine Use From Emotional Connection to Use. Health Educ Behav. 2019 12; 46(2_suppl):69-80. PMID: 31742462.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Bekalu MA, Viswanath K. Smoking portrayal in Ethiopian movies: a theory-based content analysis. Health Promot Int. 2019 Aug 01; 34(4):687-696. PMID: 29912437.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. McCloud RF, Bekalu MA, Maddox N, Minsky SJ, Viswanath K. Leveraging Breadth and Depth: Strategies to Characterize Population Diversity to Address Cancer Disparities in the DF/HCC Catchment Area. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 03; 28(3):435-441. PMID: 30341096.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Bekalu MA, Ramanadhan S, Bigman CA, Nagler RH, Viswanath K. Graphic and Arousing? Emotional and Cognitive Reactions to Tobacco Graphic Health Warnings and Associated Quit-Related Outcomes Among Low SEP Population Groups. Health Commun. 2019 06; 34(7):726-734. PMID: 29388802.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Bekalu MA, Bigman CA, McCloud RF, Lin LK, Viswanath K. The relative persuasiveness of narrative versus non-narrative health messages in public health emergency communication: Evidence from a field experiment. Prev Med. 2018 06; 111:284-290. PMID: 29154794.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  16. Bekalu MA, Minsky S, Viswanath K. Beliefs about smoking-related lung cancer risk among low socioeconomic individuals: the role of smoking experience and interpersonal communication. Glob Health Promot. 2019 09; 26(3):88-93. PMID: 29110569.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S, Viswanath KV. HIV/AIDS Communication Inequalities and Associated Cognitive and Affective Outcomes: A Call for a Socioecological Approach to AIDS Communication in Sub-Saharan Africa. Health Commun. 2017 06; 32(6):685-694. PMID: 27367531.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Effect of media use on HIV-related stigma in Sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e100467. PMID: 24945251.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S. Aligning HIV/AIDS communication with the oral tradition of Africans: a theory-based content analysis of songs' potential in prevention efforts. Health Commun. 2015; 30(5):441-50. PMID: 24945716.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S. The role of communication inequality in mediating the impacts of socioecological and socioeconomic disparities on HIV/AIDS knowledge and risk perception. Int J Equity Health. 2014 Feb 10; 13:16. PMID: 24512185.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S. The relative persuasiveness of gain-framed versus loss-Framed HIV testing message: evidence from a field experiment in northwest Ethiopia. J Health Commun. 2014; 19(8):922-38. PMID: 24498858.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  22. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S. Media use and HIV/AIDS knowledge: a knowledge gap perspective. Health Promot Int. 2014 Dec; 29(4):739-50. PMID: 23644165.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S. Determinants of HIV/AIDS-related information needs and media use: beyond individual-level factors. Health Commun. 2013; 28(6):624-36. PMID: 23442165.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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