Yerina Ranjit

Yerina Ranjit Faculty Member
Assistant Professor
207 Switzler Hall
(573) 882-4431

Dr. Yerina S. Ranjit’s research program focuses on behavior change communication in the context of health. As a communication scholar, she has examined the role of mediated communication  in improving health in the  under served  populations.  And  as  a  trainee  of public health, her line of inquiry was to understand  the  prevalence and enabling  and disabling factors of diseases and health, both in the national and international contexts. In her recent position as a post-doctoral associate at Yale University’s department of internal medicine, she coordinated two federally funded research projects: 1) A National Institute of Drug  Administration (NIDA) study  that  assessed the  feasibility  and  acceptability  of  using smart pillboxes to improve adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) among people with HIV who are cocaine users,and 2) a SAHMSA funded project aims to improve HIV prevention among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) of color using social media. Dr. Ranjit’s work has been published in Journal of Health Communication, AIDS and Behavior,AIDS Care, Journal  of  Computer  Mediated  Communication.  She  has  also  presented  her  work  at  various communication and public health conferences.

Her research interest lies in the interplay interpersonal, digital and mass communication on health behavior  change  among  the  under served  populations. Dr. Ranjit  teaches  Health Communication to the upperclassmen at the University of Missouri.

Courses Taught

COMM 4530: Health Communication