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Rudd Health Literacy Fellow, Heather Platter, Successfully Defends Her Dissertation

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Heather Platter, alumna of School of Public Health at the University of Maryland
Dr. Heather Platter

Dr. Heather Platter, the Horowitz Center’s 2018-2019 Rudd Health Literacy Fellow and a Center Research Assistant, successfully defended her dissertation in May 2019. Her dissertation explored health literacy and informed decision-making about lung cancer screening among older adults with long-term smoking, which resulted in a health literacy theoretical model on informed decision-making about lung cancer screening.

Currently, she is a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute and focuses on tobacco control and prevention, early detection, and cancer prevention. 

Her research interests include communication in healthcare systems and patient-provider relationships, such as shared decision-making in cancer screening and tobacco use discussions. She is also interested in the influence of affective factors on decision-making, how cancer and tobacco misinformation affect patient health outcomes, and how individuals find, process, evaluate, and respond to cancer risk information. 


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