Susan Mello is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Broadly, her research interests lie at the intersection of risk perception, health communication and the environment. Her recent work focuses on how exposure to risk information in the media, specifically about cancer and various environmental toxins, impacts individual perceptions and protective health behaviors.
Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, she earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught undergraduate courses and worked as a research assistant in the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. She also holds a BA in Communication from Boston College.
Susan was a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Québec City, Canada, and also worked in public relations for Discovery Communications, Inc. – the parent company of the Discovery Channel, Discovery Health, and Planet Green.
At Northeastern University, Susan teaches classes on communication theory as well as health communication and campaigns.