Patrick Jamieson

Patrick E. Jamieson, Ph.D.

Patrick Jamieson
  • Director, Annenberg Health & Risk Communication Institute

Patrick E. Jamieson conducts studies on media health portrayal including: COVID-19, gun violence, suicide, alcohol, and subsequent behavior. He uses surveys and content analyses in pursuit of this goal.

Patrick E. Jamieson, Ph.D., is director of the Annenberg Health and Risk Communication Institute (AHRCI) of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. His research interests include health risk, the media portrayal of COVID-19, violence, gun use, smoking, alcohol, drugs, sex, suicide, media suicide contagion, and fatalism. He also uses prosocial and Culture of Health variables for coding and analyzing recent popular TV shows. Jamieson’s work uses surveys and content analyses of media health portrayal. His research applies statistics in evaluating and explaining the intersection of media portrayal, its exposure, and the role of predictors of subsequent behavior change.

His work has been published in PediatricsTobacco ControlJournal of Adolescent Health, and the Journal of Communication. It has included studies on growing depictions of violence and gun violence in PG-13 movies, as compared with R-rated films; violence, sex, alcohol, and tobacco in movies; and the declining portrayal of tobacco in prime-time broadcast television dramas. He co-edited The Changing Portrayal of Adolescents in the Media Since 1950 (Oxford University Press, 2008). Another goal of his is improving the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of adolescent mental health disorders. He is the author of Mind Race (Oxford University Press, 2006), a resource for young people with bipolar disorder and their family and friends, and he is the series editor of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative’s book series. He has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Selected Publications