- Doctoral Candidate
Ava Kikut is interested in the effects of media on health and developing community-based communication campaigns to promote health equity.
Ava Kikut is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Kikut's research in health communication focuses on the effects of media on health and developing community-based interventions to promote health equity. Kikut applies quantitative research and mixed-methods community-based participatory action research. Her work has informed communication approaches across a range of topics, including youth mental health, COVID-19 prevention, tobacco use prevention, glaucoma screening, and genetic study recruitment.
Kikut’s dissertation research focuses on the role of trust and evidence-based messages in communicating COVID-19 prevention guidelines. As the Provost's Graduate Academic Engagement Fellow at Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Kikut has partnered with teams of high school and undergraduate students to support youth-driven mental health advocacy campaigns. Kikut has led several studies published in top communication and public health journals, including Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Vaccine, Tobacco Control, and Preventive Medicine Reports.
- B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2017
- M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2020
“Strengthened Belief in Vaccine Effectiveness Predicted Increased COVID-19 Vaccination Intention and Behaviour: Results From a Nationally Representative Longitudinal Survey of U.S. Adults From July 2020 to April/May 2021.” Vaccine, 2022.
“Comparing belief in short-term versus long-term consequences of smoking and vaping as predictors of non-use in a 3-year nationally representative survey study of US youth.” Tobacco Control, 2021.
“Association of COVID-19 Misinformation with Face Mask Wearing and Social Distancing in a Nationally Representative US Sample.” Health Communication, 2020.
“Learning from Black/African American Participants: Applying the Integrated Behavioral Model to Assess Recruitment Strategies for a Glaucoma Genetic Study.” Health Communication, 2020.
“A Toxic Blend: Assessing the Effects of Cross-Source Media Coverage of Flavored E-Cigarettes on Youth and Young Adult Perceptions.” Journal of Health Communication, 2020.
“Evaluation of a Multimedia Marketing Campaign to Engage African American Patients in Glaucoma Screening.” Preventative Medicine Reports, 2020.
“A Collaborative Community Model for Including Minorities in Genetic Research.” JAMA Ophthalmology, 2018.
Congratulations to Annenberg’s 2023 Ph.D. and M.A. Graduates
Earlier today, the Annenberg School for Communication held its annual graduation ceremony for doctoral students. The in-person celebration honored 12 graduate students who have earned their doctoral...