Alexis M. Koskan

Title/Position: Assistant Professor of Clinical

Alexis Koskan recently joined the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies as Assistant Professor of Clinical where she will teach courses for the public health undergraduate program. As background, she received her doctorate in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication from the University of South Carolina where she focused her research on the sustainability of community models of health communication and outreach, particularly of community health worker-led programs. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Behavioral Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center where she led the public health communication research initiatives related to using digital media channels to send health information to medically underserved populations. Meanwhile, she was a trainee of the NCI-funded Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network’s Community Base Participatory Research Training Core where she worked closely with multiple community partners to devise strategies to impact cancer health disparities within the Tampa Bay region.

Alexis M. Koskan, Ph.D., M.A.

BA, University of Southern Mississippi, 2004
MA, Texas A&M University, 2006
Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communications, University of South Carolina, 2011
PhD, University of South Carolina, 2011

Research and Academic Interests
Cancer prevention intervention research, colorectal cancer prevention, health communication, community health worker-led research, health disparities

Research Grants (active)
Title of Project: Wired for Health: Survey Development Project to Determine Digital Media Channels to Promote Health Communication
Source: Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network
PIs: Alexis M. Koskan. Ph.D., and Stacy Davis, Ph.D.
Dates: 04/02/13-04/01/14
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Publications (selected)
Gwede, C.K., Davis, S.N., Quinn, G.P., Koskan, A.M., Ealey, J., Abdulla, R., Vadaparampil, S.T., Elliot, G., Lopez, D., Shibata, D., Roetzheim, R.G. (2013). Making it work: Health care provider perspectives on strategies to increase colorectal cancer screening in federally qualified health centers. Journal of Cancer Education, 28(4), 777-783. doi:10.1007/s13187-013-0531-8

Jim, H.S., Quinn, G.P., Gwede, C.K., Cases, M.G., Barata, A., Cessna,J., Christie, J., Gonzalez, A., Koskan, A., Pidala, J. (2013). Patient education in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant: What patients wish they had known about quality of life. Bone Marrow Transplantation, (advance online October 2014). doi:10.1038/bmt.2013.158

Koskan, A., Friedman, D., Messias, D., Brandt, H., & Walsemann, K. (2013). Sustainability of promotora initiatives: Program planners' perspectives. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 19(5), E1-9. doi:10.1097/PHH.0b013e318280012a

Koskan, A., Friedman, D.B., Brandt, H.M., Walsemann, K.M. Messias, D.K.H. (2013). Preparing promotoras to deliver health programs for hispanic communities: Training processes and curricula. Health Promotion Practice, 14(3), 390-399. doi:10.1177/1524839912457176

Koskan, A. M., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Friedman, D. B., Brandt, H. M., & Walsemann, K. M. (2013). Program planners' perspectives of promotora roles, recruitment, and selection. Ethnicity & Health, 18(3), 262-279. doi:10.1080/13557858.2012.730605  

Koskan, A., Arevalo, M., Gwede, C., Quinn, G., Noel-Thomas, S., Luque, J., . . . Meade, C. (2012). Ethics of clear health communication: Applying the CLEAN look approach to communicate biobanking information for cancer research. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23, 58-66. doi:10.1353/hpu.2012.0192. PMCID: PMC3735435

Koskan, A., Foster, C., Karlis, J., Rose, I., & Tanner, A. (2012). Characteristics and influences of H1N1 communication on college students. Disaster Prevention and Management, 21(4), 418-432. doi:10.1108/09653561211256134

Messias, H.D.K., Medina, P.D., Sharpe, P.A., Trevino, L., Koskan, A.M., Morales, C.D. (2013). Promotoras de salud: Roles, responsibilities, and contributions in a multi-site community-based randomized controlled trial. Hispanic Health Care International, 11(2), 62-71. 

Quinn, G., Koskan, A., Wells, K., Gonzalez, L., Meade, C., Pozo, C., & Jacobsen, P. (2012). Cancer patients' fears related to clinical trial participation: A qualitative study. Journal of Cancer Education, 27(2), 257-262. doi:10.1007/s13187-012-0310-y

Friedmen, D., Rose, I., & Koskan, A. (2011). Pilot assessment of an experiential disaster communication curriculum. Disaster Prevention and Management, 20(3), 238-250. doi:10.1108/09653561111141691

Presentations (selected)
Koskan, A.M., Sehovic, I., Gwede, C.K., Meade, C.D., Pal, T., Quinn, G. Biobanking as a healthy control: Perceptions of hereditary cancer families. Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA. March 20-23, 2013. (Poster presentation).

Koskan, A.M., Klasko, L., Gwede, C.K., Kumar, A., Wells, K.J., Lopez, N., Meade, C.D. Systematic review of social media use in cancer care. Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA. March 20-23, 2013. (Poster presentation).

Koskan, A., Friedman, D.B., Messias, D.K.H., Brandt, H.M., and Walsemann, K.W. Sustaining community health programs delivered by promotores de salud: Program planners' perspectives and experiences. 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA. October 27-31, 2012. (Oral presentation).

Koskan, A., Ealey, J., Abdulla, R., Jackson, B., Quinn, G.P., Vadaparampil, S.P., Lee, J., Shibata, D., Roetzheim, R., Elliott, G., Lopez, D., Meade, C.M., Gwede, C.K. Perceptions and receptivity to colorectal cancer screening: Male reluctance to consider colonoscopy. American Society of Preventive Oncology Annual Conference, Washington, DC, March 3-6, 2012. (Poster presentation).

Koskan, A., Arevalo, M., Gwede, C., Quinn, G.P., Noel-Thomas, S., Luque, J., Meade, C.D. Bridging the health technology and health literacy gap: The ethics of clear health communication about biobanking. First Bioethics Conference on Cancer Health Disparities Research, Tuskegee, LA, January 18-20, 2012. (Oral presentation)

Abdulla, R., Quinn, G.P., Ealey, J., Vadaparampil, S.P., Koskan, A., Lee, J., Shibata, D., Roetzheim, R., Elliott, G., Lopez, D., Meade, C.M., Gwede, C.K., Strategies toward improving the uptake of Colorectal Cancer Screening among underserved communities: Providers’ perspectives. Fourth American Association for Cancer Research Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, Washington, DC, September 18-21, 2011. (Poster presentation).

Koskan, A., Sukovic, M., & Sanders, A. The role of digital media in the global dissemination of health narratives: An education perspective. Global Fusion Conference, College Station, TX, October 22-24, 2010. (Oral presentation).

Koskan, A., Rose, I., Friedman, D.B. (2010, October). From Web 1.0 to 2.0: What is the 'Social Web' telling us about prostate cancer screening. USC Media and Convergence Conference, Columbia, SC, October 11-13, 2010. (Oral presentation).

Koskan, A., Messias, D.K.H., Sharp, P., Parra-Medina, D., Morales-Campo, D.Y. Identifying and understanding factors that influence physical activity behavior among South Carolina Latinas. James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture Series, Columbia, SC, April 9, 2010. (Poster presentation).

Major Accomplishments / Honors
2012, Scholarship to attend the 25th Anniversary of the Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity, Houston, TX

2011 Doctoral Student of the Year for the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2011 Delta Omega Mu Chapter APHA Abstract Winner, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2011 Emily Thompson Women’s and Gender Studies Award, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2011 Summer Dissertation Fellowship, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2011 School of Public Health Provost Funds, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2008 1st place, Division of Communication, Journalism, and Linguistics, Graduate Student Day Award (Oral presentation), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2007 Arnold School of Public Health Fellowship, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

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