Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Alumnus of the Year Communication

2024 Awardee

Emily  Peterson

Emily Peterson

After graduating from George Mason University with a PhD in Communication in 2016, Emily completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in the Behavioral Research Program. During this time, she was awarded the National Cancer Institute’s Director’s Award of Merit for exceptional advancements in the field of social media and health misinformation research. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Peterson joined The Norman Lear Center research team at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. At USC Annenberg, she led research measuring the impact of popular media on changing knowledge, attitudes and behavior among individuals and communities.

In 2021, Dr. Peterson joined the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products as a Health Scientist in the Office of Health Communication and Education. In this role, Dr. Peterson leads research related to measurement development, patient-provider communication about tobacco products, and adult consumer perceptions of FDA regulation and tobacco products. She also leads the formative pre-market testing of CTP’s The Real Cost ENDS campaign.