Areas of Expertise:
- Health Communications
- Public Health Research
- Health Behavior Promotion
Kinza Shah has joined the Surveillance Research Program (SRP) in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) as an NCI Communications Fellow. During her time here, she will be working on SEER in the News, Cancer Stat Facts, the official @NCICancerStats Twitter page, along with other key initiatives.
Prior to arriving at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Kinza earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Towson University. She then attained her Master of Arts in Audiology. Her educational advancements led to academic and clinical experiences emphasizing the complexity of communication as well as the influential role of communication on one’s health and well-being. Kinza has engaged with various populations, ranging from children and adolescents to adults and senior living communities, as well as underserved populations. Her appreciation of the interconnected nature of health and how it intersects with communication inspired her engagement in communication theory, research, and practice to be better prepared to serve the greater social good.
Kinza is pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami in Health Communication with a particular focus on health and organizations. Her research experiences encompass the development of tailored health education materials, exploration of public health issues using community-based participatory research, development and assessment of persuasive messages for health-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Her teaching experiences involve communication among individuals from diverse cultures, effective and strategic audience communication, and the influence of organizational structure and function on communication.