Publications

I believe it is important to communicate the results of my research to both the scientific community and the public, and I welcome the opportunities to engage in discussions with colleagues, the lay public, and journalists. To this end, I publish the results from my research in peer-reviewed journals and I participate in round tables, debates with the public, and scientific conferences in USA and abroad. You can find an updated list of articles published or presented by clicking on the links below.

Papers

JOURNALS

Evans, C., Suggs, L.S., Turner, K., Occa, A., Juma, A., & Blake, H. (in press). Text Messaging to Promote Uptake of HIV Testing among Migrant African Communities. Health Education Journal.

Occa A., Morgan S.E., & Potter J.E. (2017). Underrepresentation of Hispanics and other minorities in clinical trials: Recruiters' perspectives. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-11.

Morgan S.E., Occa A., Potter J., Mouton A., & Peter M.E. (2017). "You need to be a good listener": Recruiters' use of relational communication behaviors to enhance clinical trials and research study accrual. Journal of Health Communication. 22(2), 95-101.

Rangelov N., Suggs L.S., Occa A., Radchuk O., Schmeil A. (2017). Online Games to Improve Children’s Knowledge of Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines – A Pilot Study. Global Journal of Health Science. 9(4), 134-141.

Occa A., Morgan, S.E. (2016). Coinvolgere i pazienti nella ricerca: integrare le competenze dei reclutatori con le strategie di medici e direttori scientifici. Recenti Progressi in Medicina. 107(11), 602-603.

Morgan, S.E., Occa, A., Mouton A., & Potter, J. (2016). The role of nonverbal behaviors in clinical trial recruitment. Health Communication. 32(4), 461-469.

Morgan, S.E., Mouton, A., Occa, A, & Potter, J. (2016). Clinical trial and research study recruiters’ verbal communication behaviors. Journal of Health Communication. 21(7), 765-772.

Occa, A., & Suggs, L. S. (2015). Communicating Breast Cancer Screening With Young Women: An Experimental Test of Didactic and Narrative Messages Using Video and Infographics. Journal of Health Communication. 21(1), 1-11.

Evans, C., Turner, K., Suggs, L.S., Occa, A., Juma, A., & Blake, H., (2016). Developing a mHealth Intervention to Promote Uptake of HIV Testing Among African Communities in the UK: A Qualitative Study. BMC Public Health. 16(1), 1-16.

Evans C., Turner K., Blake H., Juma A., Suggs L.S., Occa A., (2015). Text messaging to encourage uptake of HIV testing amongst African communities: Findings from a theory based feasibility study, HIV Medicine, 16(Suppl. 2), p.54.

CONFERENCES

Occa A. & Morgan S. E. (2018). “This sounds like a good idea.” Animations about clinical trial participation for cancer patients and survivors. Paper submitted to the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Peng, W., Occa, A., McFarlane, S., & Morgan, S. E. (2018). Discussions about clinical trials from a cancer-dedicated forum online. Paper submitted to the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Peng, W., Occa, A., Ali, K., & Carcioppolo, N. (2018). Feeling worried, overloaded, or fatalistic? The determinants of cancer uncertainty management preferences. Paper submitted to the 104th annual convention of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Occa A., Pagani O., Groux P., Di Lascio S., Rossi L., Froesch P., Maestrini N., Lagomarsino M., & Suggs L. S. (2018). “Shall I swallow or inject my chemotherapy?” Determinants of treatment preference, communication, and decision-making for patients. To be presented at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Peng, W., Occa, A., McFarlane, S., & Morgan, S. E. (2018). A content analysis of clinical trial information and misconception on online cancer community. To be presented at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Occa A., Anderson D., Kim S., & Morgan S. E. (2017). A comparison of metaphor modality and appeals in the context of skin cancer prevention. To be presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Occa A., Morgan S. E., McFarlane S., Peng W., & Potter J. (2017). A pilot training to improve medical professionals’ verbal and nonverbal communication about clinical trials and research studies. To be presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, Texas USA (Top Paper Award).

McFarlane S.J., Morgan S.E, Occa A. (2017). A systematic review of community-based participatory research to enhance clinical trials in vulnerable populations. 15th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice Workshop. Houston, TX, USA.

Zhou C. & Occa A. (2017). A meta-analysis of narrative-based serious digital games for promoting healthy behaviors. ICA Pre-Conference on Innovations in Narrative-Based Intervention Design, Development, and Evaluation. San Diego, USA.

Occa A., Morgan, S.E., & Potter, J. Underrepresentation of minorities in clinical trials: recruiters’ perspectives. National Communication Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Occa A., & Morgan S.E. Structure, materials, and outcomes of training programs for improving clinical trials communication: a systematic review. National Communication Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Top Paper Award).

Carcioppolo, N., Occa, A., & Chudnovskaya, E. When is it OK to joke? Specifying how and when humor may be a more appropriate message frame than fear. National Communication Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Occa A., Morgan, S.E. (2016). L’arte e la scienza di coinvolgere i pazienti nella ricerca medica: utilizzare le esperienze dei reclutatori professionisti per integrare le scelte strategiche di medici e direttori scientifici. Convegno dell’Associazione Alessandro Liberati/Network Italiano Cochrane. 31 May 2016, Rome, Italy

Occa, A., (2016). A Textual Analysis of HPV Vaccine Educational Videos Targeting Adolescents on YouTube. Media+Health Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA (Paper)

Occa, A. , Leopold., J, (2016). “You’ve Been Nominated!” Using Social Ties to Strategically Influence Engagement in Social Marketing Interventions. Media+Health Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA (Paper)

Chen, Z., Hong, C., Occa, A. , (2016). CSR as an international relationship management strategy: Linking CSR, organizational-employee relationships, and employee behavioral outcomes. 19th annual International Public Relations Research Conference, Miami, Florida, USA (Paper)

Chen, Z., Hong, C., Occa, A., (2015). The effects of corporate social responsibility on organization-employee relationships: The moderating role of perceived fit. RSA Educators Academy ‘Super Saturday’ research conference. Atlanta, South Carolina, USA (Paper)

Morgan S.E., Occa A., Leopold J., Mouton A., Peter M., (2015). Like a chameleon”: Clinical trial and research study recruiters’ verbal and nonverbal communication strategies. National Communication Association, Las Vegas, Arizona, USA (Top Paper Award).

Ramaprasad J., Occa A., Leopold J., (2015). Indian Journalists on New Media Technological Changes, Censorship and Control, Prestige. International Association for Media and Communication Research, Montreal, Canada (Paper)

Morgan S.E., Mouton A., Occa A., Leopold J., Peter M., (2015). Research study recruiters’ perceptions of barriers to the accrual of unserved populations. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Retreat. Miami, Florida, USA (Poster)

Occa A., Sugg S.L., (2014). Confronto tra strategie comunicative su canali digitali nel parlare di tumore al seno alle giovani donne. Convegno dell’Associazione Alessandro Liberati/Network Italiano Cochrane. 23 May 2014, Milan, Italy. (Poster)

Books

CHAPTERS

Occa A., & Morgan S.E. (in press). Training programs for improving communication about medical research and clinical trials: A systematic review. In M. Prostran (Ed.) Clinical Trials in Vulnerable Populations, InTech.

Morgan S.E., Finn A., Raley J., Peng W., Occa A., McFarlane S.J., Krieger J., Potter J.E (in press). Assessing communication practice during clinical trial recruitment and consent: The Clinical Trial Communication Inventory (CTCI). In M. Prostran (Ed.) Clinical trials in vulnerable populations. InTech.

L.S., Rangelov N., Schmeil A., Occa A. , Bardus M., Radchuk O., & Dianat S., (2013). “E-Health Services.” In International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication & Society, edited by Wiley-Blackwell (PUBLISHED).

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