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Yonaira M. Rivera

New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Assistant Professor of Communication, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University – New Brunswick


Yonaira M. Rivera (PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Communication & Information. Her scholarship explores health communication initiatives to reduce Latinx health inequities. She studies social media health misinformation and cancer control and prevention using qualitatively-driven mixed-methods and community-based participatory research.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Rivera’s journey

Selected readings

• Rivera, Y. M., Moran, M., Thrul, J., Joshu, C., & Smith, K.C. (2021). When engagement leads to action: Understanding the impact of cancer (mis)information among Latino Facebook users. Health Communication. (In Press)

•Sutton, J., Rivera, Y. M., Kirk Sell, T., Moran, M., Bennett, D. M., Schoch-Spana, M., Stern, E., & Turetsky, D. (2020). Longitudinal risk communication: A research agenda for communicating in a pandemic. Health Security, 19(4), 1-9. 

Building Resilience in Puerto Rico – Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg American Health Initiative: Environmental Challenges, July 2020.

•Rivera, Y. M. (2018). Reducing cancer health disparities among U.S. Latinos: A Freireian approach. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 11(5), 368-379. 

•Oral and written testimony at the hearing “Shot of Truth: Communicating Trusted Vaccine Information” held by the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, & Broadband of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.

Watch Prof. Rivera present on “Understanding the impact of engagement with cancer (mis)information among Latino Facebook users” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Rivera’s insights about her professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast