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University of Minnesota
health policy, public opinion, public health
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About Me

Dr. Gollust is a social scientist studying the intersections of communication, politics, and health policy. Her work examines the processes through which health information gets translated into the media, shapes public attitudes and opinions, and influences the health policy process. She has applied this research approach to several important public health challenges, including policies to address obesity, health disparities, the Affordable Care Act, and cancer screening and prevention.  She is particularly interested in the politicization of science and health issues.

Recent Publications

Barry CL, Kennedy Hendricks A, Gollust SE, Niederdeppe J, Bachhuber MA, Webster D, McGinty EE.  Understanding Americans’ Views on Opioid Analgesic Abuse. 2016; 111(1):85-93.

Gollust SE, Rahn W. The Bodies Politic: Chronic Health Conditions and Voter Turnout in the 2008 Election. Journal of Politics, Policy, and Law. 2015; 40(6):1115-55

Nagler RH, Fowler EF, Gollust SE. Covering Controversy: What Are the Implications for Women’s Health? Women’s Health Issues. 2015; 25(4):318-21.

Wolfson J, Gollust SE, Niederdeppe J, Barry CL. The Role of Parents in Public Views on Strategies to Address Childhood Obesity in the United States. Milbank Quarterly. 2015; 93(1): 73-111.

Fowler EF, Gollust SE. The Content and Effect of Politicized Health Controversies. In “The Politics of Science: Political Values and the Production, Communication, and Reception of Scientific Knowledge,” ed. Elizabeth Suhay and James N. Druckman, The ANNALS of of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2015; 658 (1): 155-171.

Media Coverage

A Surprising Factor That May Increase Voter Turnout: A Cancer Diagnosis” (with Wendy Rahn), The Washington Post, October 22, 2015.

Sarah Elizabeth Gollust quoted on state mandates for HPV vaccine in Robin Marantz Henig, “Early Push to Require the HPV Vaccine May Have BackfiredNational Public Radio, July 14, 2015.

News Coverage of Vaccine Controversies Drives down Support for Vaccines” (with Erika Franklin Fowler), The Washington Post, February 9, 2015.
Research on the differences in public understanding of the causes of obesity discussed in James Hamblin , “Body Weight, Clash of Ideologies,” The Atlantic, January 16, 2015.
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