Elizabeth Glowacki, Northeastern University

Elizabeth Glowacki


Assistant Teaching Professor; Faculty Scholar, Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead for the School of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Public Health and Health Sciences

Research Interests

Patient-provider communication, message design, persuasion


Dr. Elizabeth M. Glowacki is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences (Bouvé College of Health Sciences) and in the Department of Communication Studies (College of Arts, Media and Design) at Northeastern University. Her research interests lie in health communication, message design, persuasion, and mobile health. Her work has appeared in Substance AbuseJournal of Health CommunicationJournal of Language and Social Psychology, and American Journal of Infection Control. Dr. Glowacki is a member of Health Communication’s editorial board, and has taught courses on health promotion, interpersonal communication, interviewing, public speaking, media writing, and intercultural communication. She is also affiliated with the Department of Public Health at Simmons University where she teaches Strategic Communication for Health Equity.

Selected Recent Publications

Mello, S., Glowacki, E.M., Fuentes, I., & Seabolt, J. (2023). Communicating COVID-19 risk on Instagram: A content analysis of official public health messaging from during the first year of the pandemic. Journal of Health Communication, 28(1), 38-52. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2023.2175278

Taylor, M.A. & Glowacki, E.M. (2022). Art advocacy: Applying a public memory rhetorical framework to health crisis communication. Health Communication, 38(3), 622-626. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2022.2071391

Glowacki, E.M., Wilcox, G.B., & Glowacki, J.B. (2021). Identifying #addiction concerns on Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic: A text-mining analysis. Substance Abuse, 42(1), 39-46. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2020.1822489

Glowacki, E.M., Bernhardt, J.M., & McGlone, M.S. (2020). Tailored texts: An application of regulatory fit to text messages designed to reduce high-risk drinking. Health Informatics Journal, 26(3), 1742-1763. https://doi.org/10.1177/1460458219889279

Glowacki, E.M., McGlone, M.S, & Bell, R.A. (2016). Targeting Type 2: Linguistic agency assignment in diabetes prevention policy messaging. Journal of Health Communication, 21(4), 457-468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2015.1095821


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