Jennifer Manganello, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management, & Behavior

University at Albany, School of Public Health
One University Place, Room 165
Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456
Phone Number: (518) 402-0304
Fax Number: (518) 402-0414


PhD Health Policy and Management Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2003
MPH Health Services & Epidemiology Boston University 1996
BA Politics Pomona College 1993

Courses Frequently Taught

HPM525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (online and in-class)
HPM619 Communication and Public Health
HPM569 Health Literacy
SPH343 Mass Media and Health Behavior (undergraduate)

Research Interests

My work focuses on health communication research and combines ideas from the fields of public health and communication. I study health literacy as well as media effects on attitudes, behaviors, and policies that put young people at risk for negative health outcomes. I apply a broad range of skills and methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) and conduct primary data collection and secondary data analysis. My research often includes children, adolescents, and parents, especially those who are from populations affected by health disparities.

Selected Publications

Gicevic S, Aftosmes-Tobio A, Manganello J,  Ganter C, Simon C, Newlan S, & Davison K. (In press). Parenting and childhood obesity research: A quantitative content analysis of published research 2009-2015. Obesity Reviews.


Aftosmes-Tobio A, Ganter C, Gicevic S, Newlan S, Simon C, Davison K, & Manganello J. (2016). A systematic review of media parenting in the context of childhood obesity research. BMC Public Health. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-2981-5


Manganello JA, Gerstner G, Pergolino K, Graham Y, Strogatz D. (2016). Media and technology access, use, and preferences for receiving health information among New York State residents. JMIR Public Health Surveill. doi:10.2196/publichealth.4442


Manganello JA, Gerstner G, Pergolino K, Graham Y, Falisi A, & Strogatz D. (2016 online). Health literacy and health information seeking among New York State residents. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000366


Manganello JA, Gerstner G, Pergolino K, Graham Y, & Strogatz D. (2015 online). Media and technology among Hispanics/Latinos in New York: Implications for health communication programs. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi:10.1007/s40615-015-0169-9


Chisolm DJ, Maganello JA, Kelleher KJ, Marshal MP. (2014). Health literacy, alcohol expectancies, and alcohol use behaviors in teens. Patient Education and Counseling. 97(2):291-6.

Manganello J, Smith, K, Sudakow K, & Summers, A. (2012). A content analysis of food advertisements appearing in parenting magazines. Public Health Nutrition. Advance access published December 10, 2012, doi: 10.1017/S1368980012005216.

Smith KC, Girasek DC, Baker SP, Manganello JA, Bowman SM, Samuels A, Gielen AC. (2012). 'It was a freak accident': an analysis of the labelling of injury events in the US press. Inj Prev.18(1):38-43.

Manganello JA & Clayman M. (2011). The association of understanding medical statistics with health information seeking in a national sample of young adults. Journal of Health Communication,16 Suppl 3:163-76

Maniccia D, Davison K, Marshall S, Manganello J, & Dennison B. (2011). A meta-analysis of interventions that target children's screen-time reduction. Pediatrics. 128(1), e193.

Manganello JA & Chauhan A. (2011). Car riding behavior in television programs watched by adolescents. Journal of Children and Media, 5(2), 194-203.

Clayman M, Manganello J, Viswanath K, Hesse BW, & Arora NK. (2010). Providing health messages to Hispanics/Latinos: Understanding the importance of language and trust in health information sources. Journal of Health Communication, 15(S3), 252-263. 

Manganello JA & Blake N. (2010). A study of quantitative content analysis of health messages in U. S. media from 1985-2005. Health Communication, 25(5), 387-396.

Manganello JA & Taylor C. (2009). Television exposure as a risk factor for aggressive behavior among 3 year olds. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 163(11), 1037-1045.

Manganello JA, & McKenzie L. (2009). Home and child safety on reality television. Health Education Research, 24(1), 49-53. Advance access published January 23, 2008, doi: 10.1093/her/cym088. (Research Brief)

Manganello JA. (2008). Teens, dating violence and media use: A conceptual model and agenda for future research. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 9(1), 3-18.

Manganello JA, Franzini A, & Jordan A. (2008). Sampling television programs for content analysis of sex on TV: How many episodes are enough? Journal of Sex Research, 45(1), 9-16.

Manganello JA. (2008). Health literacy and adolescents: A framework and agenda for future research. Health Education Research, 23(5), 840-847. Advance access published November 17, 2007, doi: 10.1093/her/cym069.