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Andy Tan, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 582-7643


andy_tan@dfci.harvard.edu

Andy Tan, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
  • Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Research interests:

• Patient-centered communication and health information seeking behaviors

• Impact of advertising, media coverage and interpersonal communication on public health

• Health campaigns formative and summative evaluation methods

• Digital health communication technologies

• Cancer prevention and control

Dr. Tan’s research program is aimed at understanding health communication determinants and processes that contribute to reducing the burden of cancer across the cancer control continuum. His research interests lies in understanding the impact of mass-mediated and interpersonal communication on cancer prevention and control outcomes. To date, his research examined patient-provider communication and active information seeking among cancer survivors; direct-to-consumer advertising of cancer treatments; emerging health information technology; and advertising of novel tobacco products. His research has identified associations between these forms of health communication and important population health outcomes including surveillance adherence, preventive behaviors, and patient-reported measures of quality of life. These findings help guide future innovations in health communication interventions for cancer prevention and control. His work has resulted in over a dozen first-authored peer-reviewed papers published in leading oncology, public health and health communication journals, including Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, The Oncologist, AJPM, BMJ Tobacco Control, and Health Communication. In addition to research, Dr. Tan has over 5 years of field experience in designing, implementing and evaluating strategic communications programs in Singapore and the U.S.

Publications

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  • Mello S, Tan AS. Who's Responsible? Media Framing of Pediatric Environmental Health and Mothers' Perceptions of Accountability. J Health Commun 2016; 21:1217-1226. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Mello S, Sanders-Jackson A, Bigman CA. Knowledge about Chemicals in e-Cigarette Secondhand Vapor and Perceived Harms of Exposure among a National Sample of U.S. Adults. Risk Anal 2016. PubMed
  • Lee SJ, Brennan E, Gibson LA, Tan AS, Kybert-Momjian A, Liu J, Hornik R. Predictive Validity of an Empirical Approach for Selecting Promising Message Topics: A Randomized-Controlled Study. J Commun 2016; 66:433-453. PubMed
  • Salloum RG, Getz KR, Tan AS, Carter-Harris L, Young-Wolff KC, George TJ, Shenkman EA. Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cancer Survivors in the U.S. Am J Prev Med 2016. PubMed
  • Carter-Harris L, Tan AS, Salloum RG, Young-Wolff KC. Patient-provider discussions about lung cancer screening pre- and post-guidelines: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Patient Educ Couns 2016. PubMed
  • Sanders-Jackson A, Tan AS, Bigman CA, Mello S, Niederdeppe J. To Regulate or Not to Regulate? Views on Electronic Cigarette Regulations and Beliefs about the Reasons for and against Regulation. PLoS ONE 2016; 11:e0161124. PubMed
  • Nishi A, Milner DA, Giovannucci EL, Nishihara R, Tan AS, Kawachi I, Ogino S. Integration of molecular pathology, epidemiology and social science for global precision medicine. Expert Rev Mol Diagn 2015. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Lee CJ, Bigman CA. Comparison of beliefs about e-cigarettes' harms and benefits among never users and ever users of e-cigarettes. Drug Alcohol Depend 2015. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Bigman CA, Sanders-Jackson A. Sociodemographic correlates of self-reported exposure to e-cigarette communications and its association with public support for smoke-free and vape-free policies: results from a national survey of US adults. Tobacco Control 2015. PubMed
  • Mello S, Bigman CA, Sanders-Jackson A, Tan AS. Perceived Harm of Secondhand Electronic Cigarette Vapors and Policy Support to Restrict Public Vaping: Results From a National Survey of US Adults. Nicotine Tob Res 2015. PubMed
  • Sanders-Jackson AN, Tan AS, Bigman CA, Henriksen L. Knowledge About E-Cigarette Constituents and Regulation: Results From a National Survey of U.S. Young Adults. Nicotine Tob Res 2015. PubMed
  • Jeong M, Tan AS, Brennan E, Gibson L, Hornik RC. Talking About Quitting: Interpersonal Communication as a Mediator of Campaign Effects on Smokers' Quit Behaviors. J Health Commun 2015. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Lee CJ, Bigman CA. Public support for selected e-cigarette regulations and associations with overall information exposure and contradictory information exposure about e-cigarettes: Findings from a national survey of U.S. adults. Prev Med 2015; 81:268-274. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Nagler RH, Hornik RC, DeMichele A. Evolving Information Needs among Colon, Breast, and Prostate Cancer Survivors: Results from a Longitudinal Mixed-Effects Analysis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2015; 24:1071-8. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Bigman CA, Mello S, Sanders-Jackson A. Is exposure to e-cigarette communication associated with perceived harms of e-cigarette secondhand vapour? Results from a national survey of US adults. BMJ Open 2015; 5:e007134. PubMed
  • Tan AS. A Study of the Frequency and Social Determinants of Exposure to Cancer-Related Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Among Breast, Prostate, and Colorectal Cancer Patients. Health Commun 2015. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Bigman CA. E-cigarette awareness and perceived harmfulness: prevalence and associations with smoking-cessation outcomes. Am J Prev Med 2014; 47:141-9. PubMed
  • Tan AS. Potential spillover educational effects of cancer-related direct-to-consumer advertising on cancer patients' increased information seeking behaviors: results from a cohort study. J Cancer Educ 2014; 29:258-65. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Gibson L, Zafar HM, Gray SW, Hornik RC, Armstrong K. Associations between cancer-related information seeking and receiving PET imaging for routine cancer surveillance--an analysis of longitudinal survey data. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2014; 23:481-9. PubMed
  • Moldovan-Johnson M, Tan AS, Hornik RC. Navigating the cancer information environment: The reciprocal relationship between patient-clinician information engagement and information seeking from nonmedical sources. Health Commun 2014; 29:974-83. PubMed
  • Forquer HA, Christensen JL, Tan AS. Predicting continuance-findings from a longitudinal study of older adults using an eHealth newsletter. Health Commun 2014; 29:937-46. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Moldovan-Johnson M, Gray SW, Hornik RC, Armstrong K. An analysis of the association between cancer-related information seeking and adherence to breast cancer surveillance procedures. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2013. PubMed
  • Mello S, Tan AS, Armstrong K, Sanford Schwartz J, Hornik RC. Anxiety and depression among cancer survivors: the role of engagement with sources of emotional support information. Health Commun 2013; 28:389-96. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Mello S, Hornik RC. A longitudinal study on engagement with dieting information as a predictor of dieting behavior among adults diagnosed with cancer. Patient Educ Couns 2012; 88:305-10. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Moldovan-Johnson M, Parvanta S, Gray SW, Armstrong K, Hornik RC. Patient-clinician information engagement improves adherence to colorectal cancer surveillance after curative treatment: results from a longitudinal study. Oncologist 2012; 17:1155-62. PubMed
  • Tan AS, Bourgoin A, Gray SW, Armstrong K, Hornik RC. How does patient-clinician information engagement influence self-reported cancer-related problems?: findings from a longitudinal analysis. Cancer 2013; 117:2569-76. PubMed
  • Tan AS. An approach to building the case for nutrition policies to limit trans-fat intake - a Singapore case study. Health Policy 2011; 100:264-72. PubMed
  • Tey HL, Ee HL, Tan AS, Theng TS, Wong SN, Khoo SW. Risk factors associated with having psoriatic arthritis in patients with cutaneous psoriasis. J Dermatol 2010; 37:426-30. PubMed
  • Tan AS. A case study of the New York City trans-fat story for international application. J Public Health Policy 2009; 30:3-16. PubMed
  • Ashley Sanders-Jackson , Andy S. L. Tan, Cabral A. Bigman, Susan Mello, Jeff Niederdeppe. To Regulate or Not to Regulate? Views on Electronic Cigarette Regulations and Beliefs about the Reasons for and against Regulation. PLoS Pathog. 2016.
  • Stella Juhyun Lee, Emily Brennan, Laura Anne Gibson, Andy S. L. Tan, Ani Kybert-Momjian, Jiaying Liu, Robert Hornik. Predictive Validity of an Empirical Approach for Selecting Promising Message Topics: A Randomized-Controlled Study. 2016.
  • Andy S L Tan, Cabral A Bigman, Susan Mello, Ashley Sanders-Jackson. Is exposure to e-cigarette communication associated with perceived harms of e-cigarette secondhand vapour? Results from a national survey of US adults 2015.
  • Andy S.L. Tan, Rebekah H. Nagler, Robert C. Hornik, and Angela DeMichele. Evolving information needs among colon, breast, and prostate cancer survivors: Results from a longitudinal mixed-effects analysis Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2015.
  • Ashley Sanders-Jackson, Andy S.L. Tan, Cabral A. Bigman and Lisa Henriksen. Knowledge about e-cigarette constituents and regulation: Results from a national survey of US young adults 2014.
  • Carter-Harris L, Tan ASL, Salloum RG, Young-Wolff KC. Patient-provider discussions about lung cancer screening pre- and post-guidelines: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). 2016.
  • Salloum, RG. Getz, KR. Tan, ASL Carter-Harris, L. et al. . Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cancer Survivors in the U.S. Am J Prev Med 2016.
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