Claudia Parvanta, PhD-Professor and Chair, Dept. of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Claudia Parvanta, Professor of Anthropology, teaches behavioral science research and culturally competent health communication to public health and health professions students at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP). Before joining USP in 2005, Claudia Parvanta headed the Division of Health Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 6 years. She received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for her contributions to the CDC’s response to the 9/11 and anthrax attacks. Before CDC, Parvanta was an Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; the Assistant Director of U.S. Agency for International Development’s Nutrition Communication Project (for Porter/Novelli (a global marketing and public relations agency); and the ‘consulting anthropologist’ for the Public Health Foundation WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program in Los Angeles, where she provided individualized client counseling to Southeast Asian women. She has designed, managed, or evaluated health and nutrition social marketing programs in more than 20 countries. Together with Nelson, Brownson and Remington, she is the author of Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners (APHA, 2002).
David E. Nelson, MD, MPH-Director, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
David E. Nelson, MD, MPH, currently heading up the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, previously spearheaded efforts to develop the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) for NCI, was the Acting Director of the Bureau of Smoking or Health, and directed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for CDC. He was the lead author (with Brownson, Parvanta and Remington) of Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners (APHA, 2002), and Making Data Talk(Oxford University Press, 2009). He has contributed to, and edited the chapters in Section II, Informing and Educating the Public about Health Related Issues.
Sarah A. Parvanta, MPH-Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sarah A. Parvanta, who received her MPH from the University of North Carolina in 2007, is now enrolled in a PhD program in Health Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. As a journalism student, Sarah Parvanta interned with the Health Unit of CNN in Atlanta, working for Dr. Sanjay Gupta, among others. She also spent two years supporting the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC, as a consultant. Despite these years of professional experience Sarah Parvanta brings a youthful perspective to the material, helping to ensure that the text makes sense not only to new learners, but also to her generation of students. She is the co-author for the chapters on theory and new media, and she edited all the chapters in Section III.
Richard N. Harner, MD-Professor of Neuroscience, Dept. of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Richard N. Harner, M.D is a clinical neurologist with more than three decades of clinical, teaching and research experience. He directed the Neurology Department at the Graduate hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and established the first center for the comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy in the Easter United States. After 20 years he became Professor and Vice-Chair of Neurology at the Medical college of Pennsylvania in charge of postgraduate education. He has authored numerous scientific articles, does private consulting for the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Harner is the lead author for the chapter on patient-healthcare provider communication, and he provided constructive input and expertise to virtually all of the chapters in the book.