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Philip Massey, PhD, MPH

Philip Massey

Associate Professor
Community Health and Prevention
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BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MPH, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles; PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Philip Massey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA, joining the school in September 2013. His research focuses on public health communication, health literacy, and emerging media technologies, and works both in the U.S. and in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently exploring how to better use non-traditional public health data sources, such as online search behaviors and social media posts, to inform and strengthen public health research and practice

For more information, visit his personal website:

Research Interests

  • Digital Technologies in Public Health
  • eHealth or mHealth
  • Global Health
  • Health Communication
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Mixed Methods


Massey PM, Budenz A, Leader A, Fisher K, Klassen AC, Yom-Tov E. What drives health professionals to tweet about #HPVvaccine? Identifying strategies for effective communication. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2017 (in press).

Massey PM, Kim MC, Dalrymple P, Rogers M, Hawthorne K, Manganello J. Visualizing patterns and trends of 25 years of published health literacy research. HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice. 2017; 1(4):e182-e191.

Adams RM, Riess H, Massey PM, Gipson J, Prelip M, Dieng T, Glik DC. Understanding where and why Senegalese adolescents and young adults access health information: A mixed methods study examining contextual and personal influences on health information seeking. Journal of Communication in Healthcare. 2017; 1-33.

Massey PM, Boansi R, Gipson J, Adams RM, Riess L, Dieng T, Prelip M, Glik, DC. Predictors of HPV awareness and vaccine acceptability among Senegalese youth. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2017; 22(1):113-121. doi:10.1111/tmi.12798

Massey PM, Langellier BA, Sentell T, Manganello J. Nativity and language preference as drivers of health information seeking: examining differences and trends from a U.S. population-based survey. Ethnicity and Health. 2017; 22(6):596-609. doi:10.1080/13557858.2016.1244745

Langellier BA, Massey PM. Nutrition activation and dietary intake disparities among US adults. Public Health Nutrition. 2016; 19(17):3123-3134. doi:10.1017/S1368980016001464

Massey PM, Leader A, Yom-Tov E, Budenz A, Fisher K, Klassen AC. Applying multiple data collection methods to quantify HPV vaccine communication on Twitter. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2016; 18(12):e318. doi:10.2196/jmir.6670

Sood S, Klassen A, Cronin C, Massey PM, Shefner-Rogers C. Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in Communication for Inactivated Polio Vaccination (IPV) Introduction in Rwanda. Global Health Communication. 2016; 1(1):10-20. doi:10.1080/23762004.2016.1161418

Glik DC, Massey PM, Gipson J, Rideau A, Dieng T, Prelip M. Health-related media use among youth audiences in Senegal. Health Promotion International. 2016; 31(1):73-82. doi:10.1093/heapro/dau060

Massey PM. Where Do U.S. Adults Who Do Not Use the Internet Get Health Information? Examining Digital Health Information Disparities from 2008-2013. Journal of Health Communication. 2015; 21(1):118-124. doi:10.1080/10810730.2015.1058444

Massey PM, Prelip M, Calimlim BM, Afifi AA, Quiter ES, Nessim S, Wongvipat-Kalev N, Glik DC. Exploratory findings toward a multidimensional measure of adolescent health literacy. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2013; 37(3):342-350. doi:10.5993/AJHB.37.3.7

Massey PM, Prelip M, Rideau A, Glik DC. School-based HIV prevention in Dakar, Senegal: findings from a peer-led program. International Quarterly of Community Health Education. 2013; 33(2): 129-141. doi:10.2190/IQ.33.2.c. PMID: 23661415

Massey PM, Prelip M, Calimlim B, Quiter E, Glik D.C. Contextualizing an expanded definition of health literacy among adolescents in the health care setting. Health Education Research. 2012; 27(6):961-974. doi:10.1093/her/cys054. PMCID: PMC3498601

Massey PM. Reducing Maternal Mortality in Senegal: Using GIS to Identify Priority Regions for the Expansion of Human Resources for Health. World Health & Population. 2011; 13(2):13-22. Available from: PMID: 22543440

Massey PM, Morawski BM, Rideau A, Glik DC. Health Communication via New Media: An Internet-Based Peer Community Dedicated to Health Information Created by Youth in Dakar, Senegal. Cases in Public Health Communication & Marketing. 2009; 3:13-37. Available from: