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The Ohio State University

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication

The Ohio State University School of Communication
Susan Mello
Susan Mello
Assistant Professor
3026 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210


Ph.D. Communication, University of Pennslyvania

M.A. Communication, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Communication, Boston College



Risk, environmental & health communication; media & message effects; risk perception & behavior change; quantitative research methods



COMM3332: Risk Communication (Autumn 2013)

COMM3160: Communication Research Methods (Spring 2014)

COMM2596: Introduction to Science, Risk, Environmental & Health Communication (Spring 2014)



Hornik, R. C., Parvanta, S., Mello, S., Freres, D., Schwartz, J. S. (2013). Effects of scanning - routine health information exposure - on cancer prevention and screening behaviors in the general population. Journal of Health Communication. 

Mello, S., Tan, A. S., Armstrong, K., Schwartz, J. S., Hornik, R. C. (2013). Anxiety and depression among cancer survivors: The role of information engagement with sources of emotional support information. Health Communication, 28(4), 389-396.

Mello, S. (in press). Mammography - Communicating Importance. In T. L. Thompson & G. J. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mello, S. (2012). Selling a super cosmeceutical: Contextualizing risk in direct-to-consumer advertising of Botox Cosmetic. Health, Risk & Society, 14(4), 385-398.

Tan, A. S., Mello, S., Hornik, R. C. (2012). A longitudinal study on engagement with dieting information as a predictor of dieting behavior among adults diagnosed with cancer. Patient Education & Counseling, 88, 305-310.

Mello, S. & Nunez, R. (2011). Introduction: Closing the gap between the philosophical and the practical. In B. Zelizer (Ed.) Making the University Matter: Shaping Inquiry in Culture, Communication and Media Studies. New York, NY: Routledge.



Russell Ackoff Fellowship, The Wharton School Risk Management & Decision Making Center (2012-2013)

Annenberg Dissertation Research Fellowship (2012-2013)

President's & Provost's Citation, University of Pennsylvania (2013)

Top Student Paper, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association (2011)

U.S. Fulbright Fellowship, Institute of International Education (2007-2008)



Publicity, Discovery Communications, LLC

Marketing, Reebok