Hollywood Health & Society

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Murphy S., Frank, L., Moran, M., & Woodley, P. (2011). "Transported or emotional? exploring the determinants of change in knowledge, attitudes and behavior in entertainment education." Journal of Communication.

Murphy, S.T., Hether, H.J., Felt, L., & Buffington, S. (2011). "Public diplomacy in prime time: exploring the potential of entertainment education in international public diplomacy." American Journal of Media Psychology.

Okamoto, J., Buffington, S., Cloum, H.M, Mendenhall, B.M., Toboni, M., & Valente, T.W. (2011). "The influence of health knowledge in shaping political priorities: Examining HIV/AIDS knowledge and public opinion about global health and domestic policies." Global Public Health.

Marcus, P.M., Huang, G.C., Beck, V. & Miller, M.J. (2010). "The impact of a prime time cancer storyline: from individual knowledge and behavioral intentions to policy-level changes." Journal of Cancer Education.

Nahm, S., Le, K., Buffington, S., Schiman, N., Raider, S., & Resko, S. (2010). "Engaging Youth through Entertainment Education through Partnership and Collaboration." Cases in Public Health Communication & Marketing, 4, 57-78.

Lapsansky, C., Schuh, J.S., Movius, L., Cody, M.J., Woodley, P., & Buffington, S. (2010). "Evaluating the 'Baby Jack' Storyline on The Bold and the Beautiful: Making a Case for Bone Marrow Donations." Cases in Public Health Communication & Marketing, 4, 8-27.

Morgan, S.E., Movius, L., & Cody, M.J. (2009). "The power of narratives: The effect of organ donation entertainment television storylines on the attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors of donors and non-donors." Journal of Communication, 58, 3.

Hether, H.J. & Murphy, S.T. (2009). "Sex roles in health storylines on primetime television: A content analysis." Sex Roles.

Hether, H.J., Huang, G., Beck, V., Murphy, S.T. & Valente, T.W. (2008). "Entertainment-education in a media-saturated environment: examining the impact of single and multiple exposures to breast cancer storylines on two popular medical dramas." Journal of Health Communication, 13, 7, 808-823.

Valente, T.W., Murphy, S.T., Huang, G., Gusek, J., Greene, J. & Beck, V.  (2007). "Evaluating a minor storyline on ER about teen obesity, hypertension and 5 A Day." Journal of Health Communication, 12, 6, 551-566.

Wilkin, H.A., Valente, T.W., Murphy, S.T., Cody, M.J., Huang, G.C. & Beck, V.  (2007). "Does entertainment-education work with Latinos in the United States? Identification and the effects of a telenovela breast cancer storyline." Journal of Health Communication, 12, 5, 455-469.

Movius, L., Cody, M., Huang, G., Berkowitz, M. (2007). "Motivating Television Viewers to Become Organ Donors." Cases in Public Health Communication & Marketing, June, 2007.

O’Leary, A., Kennedy, M.G., Pappas-DeLuca, K.A., Nkete, M., Beck, V. & Galavotti, C. (2007). "Association between exposure to an HIV story line in The Bold and The Beautiful and HIV-related stigma in Botswana." AIDS Education and Prevention, 19, 3, 209-217.

Whittier, D.K., Kennedy, M.G., St. Lawrence, J.S., Seeley, S., & Beck, V. (2005). "Embedding health messages into entertainment television: Effect on gay men's response to a syphilis outbreak." Journal of Health Communication, 10, 251-259.

Backer, T.E., Dearing, J., Singhal, A. & Valente, T. (2005). "Writing with Ev - Words to transform science into action." Journal of Health Communication, 10, 289-302.

Kennedy, M.G., Murphy, S.T., and Beck V. (2004). "Entertainment Education and Multicultural Audiences: An Action and Research Agenda." The Community Psychologist, 37, 2, 16-19.

Kennedy, M. G., O'Leary, A., Beck, V., Pollard, W. E., & Simpson, P. (2004). "Increases in calls to the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline following AIDS-related episodes in a soap opera." Journal of Communication, 54, 2, 287-301.

Wilson, K. E., & Beck, V. (2002, September). "Observations from the CDC: Entertainment outreach for women’s health at CDC." Journal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine, 11, 7.


Books and Chapters

Murphy, S.T., Wilkin, H.A., Cody, M.J. & Huang, G.C. Health messages on primetime television: A longitudinal content analysis. In Eds. A. Jordan, D. Kunkel, J. Manganello & M. Fishbein. (2008). Media Messages and Public Health: A Decisions Approach to Content Analysis.

Kennedy, M.G., Beck, V. & Freimuth, V.S. Entertainment education and HIV prevention. In Eds. T. Edgar, S. M. Noar, V.S. Freimuth. (Aug., 2007). Communication Perspectives on HIV/AIDS for the 21st Century. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Greenberg, B.S., Salmon, C.T., Patel, D., Beck, V. & Cole, G. (2004). Evolution of an E-E research agenda. In A. Singhal, M.J. Cody, E.M. Rogers & M. Sabido (Eds.), Entertainment-Education and Social Change: History, Research, and Practice (pp. 191-206). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.

Beck, V. (2004). Working with daytime and prime-time television shows in the United States to promote health. In A. Singhal, M.J. Cody, E.M. Rogers & M. Sabido (Eds.), Entertainment-Education and Social Change: History, Research, and Practice (pp. 207-224). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.

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