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Shoba Ramanadhan, ScD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Shoba Ramanadhan, ScD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


  • Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
  • Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health


Research Abstract

My research focuses on reducing cancer disparities through knowledge translation in community settings. I am particularly interested in opportunities to use community engagement, capacity-building, and staff social networks to support sustainable, system-level change for community-based health promotion.

I teach an introductory course on implementation science at HSPH, along with my colleague Bekka Lee. I also serve as the Co-Director from the DF/HCC side of the Outreach Core for the U54 Partnership between DF/HCC and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. I was recently a fellow in the two-year Mentored Training on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer fellowship sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.


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  • Koczwara B, Stover AM, Davies L, Davis MM, Fleisher L, Ramanadhan S, Schroeck FR, Zullig LL, Chambers DA, Proctor E. Harnessing the Synergy Between Improvement Science and Implementation Science in Cancer: A Call to Action. J Oncol Pract 2018; 14:335-340. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Davis MM, Armstrong R, Baquero B, Ko LK, Leng JC, Salloum RG, Vaughn NA, Brownson RC. Participatory implementation science to increase the impact of evidence-based cancer prevention and control. Cancer Causes Control 2018; 29:363-369. PubMed
  • Bekalu MA, Ramanadhan S, Bigman CA, Nagler RH, Viswanath K. Graphic and Arousing? Emotional and Cognitive Reactions to Tobacco Graphic Health Warnings and Associated Quit-Related Outcomes Among Low SEP Population Groups. Health Commun 2018. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Nagler RH, Alexander-Molloy JM, Viswanath K. Local Organizations Supporting Implementation of Graphic Health Warnings for Tobacco in Underserved Communities: A Qualitative Inquiry. Front Public Health 2018; 6:322. PubMed
  • Lee RM, Ramanadhan S, Kruse GR, Deutsch C. A Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluate Partnerships and Implementation of the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. Front Public Health 2018; 6:150. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Minsky S, Martinez-Dominguez V, Viswanath K. Building practitioner networks to support dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings. Transl Behav Med 2017. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Nagler RH, McCloud R, Kohler R, Viswanath K. Graphic health warnings as activators of social networks: A field experiment among individuals of low socioeconomic position. Soc Sci Med 2017; 175:219-227. PubMed
  • Nagler RH, Bigman CA, Ramanadhan S, Ramamurthi D, Viswanath K. Prevalence and Framing of Health Disparities in Local Print News: Implications for Multilevel Interventions to Address Cancer Inequalities. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2016; 25:603-12. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Nagler RH, McCauley MP, Lora V, Minsky S, Bruff C, Muneton YF, McCloud RF, Puleo E, Viswanath K. Much Ventured, Much Gained: Community-Engaged Data Collection by Adolescents and Young Adults. Prog Community Health Partnersh 2016; 10:217-24. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Galarce E, Xuan Z, Alexander-Molloy J, Viswanath K. Addressing the Vaccine Hesitancy Continuum: An Audience Segmentation Analysis of American Adults Who Did Not Receive the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine. Vaccines (Basel) 2015; 3:556-78. PubMed
  • Bekalu MA, Eggermont S, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Effect of media use on HIV-related stigma in Sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE 2014; 9:e100467. PubMed
  • Jung M, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Effect of information seeking and avoidance behavior on self-rated health status among cancer survivors. Patient Educ Couns 2013. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Priority-setting for evidence-based health outreach in community-based organizations: A mixed-methods study in three Massachusetts communities. Transl Behav Med 2013; 3:180-188. PubMed
  • Nagler RH, Ramanadhan S, Minsky S, Viswanath K. Recruitment and Retention for Community-Based eHealth Interventions with Populations of Low Socioeconomic Position: Strategies and Challenges. J Commun 2013; 63:201-220. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Mendez SR, Rao M, Viswanath K. Social media use by community-based organizations conducting health promotion: a content analysis. BMC Public Health 2014; 13:1129. PubMed
  • Viswanath K, Nagler RH, Bigman-Galimore CA, McCauley MP, Jung M, Ramanadhan S. The communications revolution and health inequalities in the 21st century: implications for cancer control. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2012; 21:1701-8. PubMed
  • Ackerson LK, Ramanadhan S, Arya M, Viswanath K. Social disparities, communication inequalities, and HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes in India. AIDS Behav 2012. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Crisostomo J, Alexander-Molloy J, Gandelman E, Grullon M, Lora V, Reeves C, Savage C, , Viswanath K. Perceptions of evidence-based programs among community-based organizations tackling health disparities: a qualitative study. 2012. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Salhi C, Achille E, Baril N, D'Entremont K, Grullon M, Judge C, Oppenheimer S, Reeves C, Savage C, Viswanath K. Addressing cancer disparities via community network mobilization and intersectoral partnerships: a social network analysis. PLoS ONE 2012; 7:e32130. PubMed
  • Galarce EM, Ramanadhan S, Weeks J, Schneider EC, Gray SW, Viswanath K. Class, race, ethnicity and information needs in post-treatment cancer patients. Patient Educ Couns 2011. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Wiecha JL, Emmons KM, Gortmaker SL, Viswanath K. Extra-team connections for knowledge transfer between staff teams. 2009. PubMed
  • Ramanadhan S, Wiecha JL, Gortmaker SL, Emmons KM, Viswanath K. Informal training in staff networks to support dissemination of health promotion programs. Am J Health Promot 2010; 25:12-8. PubMed