University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rachel Kornfield

Rachel Kornfield is a doctoral student studying the role of emerging communication technologies in behavioral health. She is advised by Professor Dhavan Shah. Prior to enrolling at UW-Madison, Rachel was a Senior Research Specialist at the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studied the effects of media exposure on consumers’ attitudes and behaviors related to tobacco and pharmaceuticals. Rachel’s current research is aimed at better understanding how online and mobile communication platforms facilitate the exchange of social support in order to improve individuals’ health and well being. She works with the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS) on several projects examining how individuals benefit from a new mobile application for substance use disorders (e.g. alcohol, opioids). Rachel earned her BA in Psychology from Macalester College and her MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

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