Amelia Greiner Safi, PhD, MS

Amelia’s approach to public health has been a cross cutting, interdisciplinary one. Her undergraduate work focused on English and Biology. She received her MS in Communication at Cornell (with a focus on risk and science communication) and her PhD in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She is interested in how different entities (people, policy makers, local governments, news organizations) understand and explain health issues and their upstream determinants.

From there, Amelia seeks to understand how these perceptions can then be used to shape research, programs or policies to support and advance health. She has worked in public health in a variety of capacities as an independent researcher, a collaborator, a consultant, a director of large research endeavors, and a technical advisor. Amelia has particularly enjoyed working with students and colleagues to give feedback on research and program design. She has worked in a variety of topical areas (urban planning and health, land use, public health law, HIV, tobacco, seafood, sustainability) using a range of methods and tools (mobile research labs, eyetracking computers, interviews, focus groups, observation, surveys, content analysis, document analysis).

Thematic areas:

  • Communication and health (processes, audience, framing, messaging, meaning, communication research)
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, observation, document analysis)
  • Project management
  • Research design
  • Health in all policies/ Health impact assessments
  • Public health, law and policy
  • Social determinants of health
  • Land use, urban planning, zoning and health
  • Media and health
  • Translational research
  • Mental health


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