Elizabeth Glowacki, Northeastern University

Elizabeth Glowacki


Assistant Teaching Professor; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader for the School of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

Health Sciences

Research Interests

Health communication, patient-provider communication, strategic messaging, persuasion, mobile health, social media


Dr. Elizabeth M. Glowacki is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences (Bouvé College of Health Sciences) at Northeastern University. Her research interests lie in health communication, message design, persuasion, and mobile health. Her work has appeared in Substance Abuse, Journal of Health Communication, Journal 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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1460458219889279

Glowacki, E.M. & Taylor, M.A. (2020). Health hyperbolism: A study in health crisis rhetoric. Qualitative Health Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732320916466

Glowacki, E.M., Kirtz, S., Cance, J.D., Wagner, J.H., Barrera, D., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2018). HealthyhornsTXT: A text-messaging program to promote college student health and wellness. Health Promotion Practice, 19(6), 844-855. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839917754089

Glowacki, E.M., Glowacki, J.B., & Wilcox, G.B. (2018). A text-mining analysis of the public’s reactions to the opioid crisis. Substance Abuse, 39(2), 129-133. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2017.1356795
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


Communication Skills for the Health Professions