Suellen Hopfer

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Assistant Professor
Public Health

PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009, Health Communication
MS, University of Arizona, 1998, Human Genetics

Phone: (949) 824-6996

University of California, Irvine
2024 Anteater Instruction & Research Bui
Mail Code: 3957
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Health Communication
Academic Distinctions
B.A. Earlham College
M.S. University of Arizona
PhD Pennsylvania State University
Research Abstract
I am a health communication researcher. I conduct experimental message testing to advance communication theory and I develop and adapt prevention interventions to improve population health. The two content areas of current research focus where communication plays a significant role in shaping public discourse and understanding include (a) vaccine communication, particularly HPV vaccination, and, (b) communicating the health effects of climate change. I have developed and culturally adapted HPV vaccine interventions for community clinic settings to reach underserved populations. I work with Planned Parenthood and will be working with pediatric clinic settings to improve HPV vaccination among adolescents.
Our research group also conducts social media research to understand public discourse around vaccination and climate change. We also model population attitudes and behaviors with respect to vaccination and climate (each separately) that capture meaningfully distinct population subgroups. We utilize mixed methods - quantitative and qualitative research methods – to explore relevant research questions.
Volkman, J. E., Parrott, R. L., Hopfer, S., Lengerich, E. J. (2010). A national survey of state comprehensive cancer control managers: Implications of geographic information systems. Journal of Cancer Education, 25(1), 55-60.
Hopfer. S., Clippard, J. R. (2010). College women’s HPV vaccine decision narratives. Qualitative Health Research, 21, 262-277.
Hopfer, S. (2012). Effects of a narrative HPV vaccine intervention aimed at reaching college women: A randomized controlled trial. Prevention Science, 13(2),173-182.
Hopfer, S., Hecht, M. L., Lanza, S. T., Tan, X. , Xu, S. (2013). Preadolescent drug use resistance skill profiles, substance Use, and substance use prevention. Journal of Primary Prevention, 34, 395-404. Doi: 10.1007/s10935-013-0325-0
Hopfer, S., Tan, X., Wylie, J. (2014). A social network informed latent class analysis of patterns of substance use, sexual behavior, and mental health, Winnipeg, Canada. American Journal of Public Health, 104, 834-839. Doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301833.
Brown, B., Hopfer, S., Chan, A. (2015). Improving human papillomavirus vaccine uptake: barriers and potential solutions. California Journal of Health Promotion, 13, vi-x.
Hopfer, S., Duong, H., Garcia, S. (2017). Mother daughter communication about HPV vaccination. In Constructing motherhood and daughterhood: Communicating across Generations. Miller-Day, M. & Alford, A. M. (editors) Peter Lang Publishing
Hopfer, S., Garcia, S., Duong, H., Russo, J., Tanjasiri, S. (2017). A narrative engagement framework to understand HPV vaccination among Latina and Vietnamese women in a Planned Parenthood setting. Health Education and Behavior, 44 (5), 738-747.
Hopfer, S., Ray, A., Hecht, M. L., Miller-Day, M., Belue, R., Zimet, G., Evans, D., McKee, F. X. (2018) Taking an HPV vaccine research tested intervention to scale in a clinical setting. in press Translational Behavioral Medicine
Hopfer, S., Wright, M., Pellman, M., Wasserman, R., Fiks, A. (2019) HPV vaccine recommendation profiles among a national network of pediatric practitioners: Understanding parental hesitancy and acceptance. Human Vaccine & Immunotherapeutics,
Other Experience
Research Center
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
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