Allyson (Allie) Volinsky's research is broadly within health communication, with a specific focus in formative research for mass media health communication campaigns. As part of the Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), she has identified beliefs held by youth about emerging tobacco products and conducted open- and closed-ended survey research, all leading to recommendations for potential topics for an anti-electronic cigarette campaign for teens. Volinsky is also interested in the relationship between the media environment and health-related outcomes, including policy opinions and behaviors. She received an M.S.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. in Communication and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to starting at Annenberg, she was a senior researcher on the Civility Project at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where she examined discussion of incivility on cable news.