• Researcher Profile

    K. "Vish" Viswanath, PhD

    K. "Vish" Viswanath, PhD
    Professor of Health Communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Professor of Health Communication, McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences

    Office phone: 617-632-2225
    Fax: 617-582-8728
    Email: vish_viswanath@dfci.harvard.edu
    Website: The Viswanath Lab

    Preferred contact method: email

    Research Department

    Medical Oncology/Population Sciences

    Area of Research

    Population Sciences

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


    Dr. K. "Vish" Viswanath is a Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and in the McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). He is also the Faculty Director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). Dr. Viswanath is the Associate Director of the Lung Cancer Disparities Center at HSPH. He is also the Leader of the Cancer Risk and Disparities (CaRD) Program of the DF/HCC. And he is the founding Director of DF/HCC’s Enhancing Communications for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Laboratory. He chairs the Steering Committee for the Health Communication Concentration (HCC) at HSPH and teaches health communication courses within this concentration.

    Dr. Viswanath was the Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Marketing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2007-2010. He has served as a member of three Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committees: Committee on Gulf War and Health: Treatment of Chronic Multisymptom Illness (CMI), Committee on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth, and Committee on Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults. He is also a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) of the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services and Chairs its Working Group on Vaccine Acceptance. 

    Recent Awards

    • Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award, American Society of Preventive Oncology, 2014
    • Dale Brashers Distinguished Mentoring Award, National Communication Association, 2013
    • Fellow, International Communication Association, 2011
    • Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award, International Communication Association and the National Communication Association, 2010
    • Mayhew Derryberry Award, American Public Health Association, 2009
    • Fellow, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2008
    • Fellow, Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, 2006


    Population Sciences

    Dr. Viswanath’s work, drawing from literatures in communication science, social epidemiology, and social and health behavior sciences, focuses on translational communication science to influence public health policy and practice. His primary research is in documenting the relationship between communication inequalities, poverty and health disparities, and knowledge translation through community-based research to address health disparities. His research is supported by funding from private and public agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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