My research concentrates on providing understandable and acceptable cancer prevention and control messages to different populations. My overarching research goal is to reduce cancer disparities among minority and underserved populations. In the past decade, as a behavioral scientist, I have led research projects focused on increasing cancer screening rates and improving the uptake of the HPV vaccine. Most of my research uses community-engaged research strategies to develop interventions that provide information in understandable and acceptable formats. I have a special interest in providing cancer prevention and control information in literacy-sensitive formats so individuals with limited health literacy skills may make informed health decisions.
reducing cancer disparities among minority and underserved populations
Reiter PL, Katz ML, Bauermeister JA, Shoben AB, Paskett ED, McRee AL. Increasing HPV vaccination among young gay and bisexual men: A randomized trial of the Outsmart HPV Intervention. LGBT Health 2018; 5: 325-329.
McRee AL, Shoben A, Bauermeister JA, Katz ML, Paskett ED, Reiter PL. Outsmart HPV: Acceptability and short-term effects of a web-based HPV vaccination intervention for young adult gay and bisexual men. Vaccine 2018; [Epub ahead of print]
Paskett ED, Baltic RD, Young G, Katz ML, Lesko SM, Webber KH, Roberto KA, Lengerich EJ, Schoenberg NE, Kennedy SK, Mama SK, Midkiff CC, Dignan MB. A group randomized trial to reduce obesity among Appalachian church members: The Walk by Faith study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (in press).
Hodges NL, Anderson SE, McKenzie L, Katz ML. Certified nurse-midwives’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about infant safe sleep. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 2018; 63(2): 196-204.
Hodges NL, Anderson SE, McKenzie L, Katz ML. Infant safe sleep: A survey of the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of obstetric physicians. Journal of Community Health 2018; 43(3): 488-495.
Hodges NL, McKenzie L, Anderson SE, Katz ML. Exploring lactation consultant views on infant safe sleep. Maternal and Child Health Journal 2018; 22: 1111-1117.
Krok-Schoen JL, Bernardo BM, Weier RC, Peng J, Katz ML, Reiter PL, Richardson MS, Pennell ML, Tatum CM, Paskett ED. Belief about mandatory school vaccinations and vaccination refusal among Ohio Appalachian parents: Do demographic and religious factors, general health, and political affiliation play a role? Journal of Rural Health 2018;34:283-292.
Reiter PL, Katz ML, Bauermeister JA, Shoben AB, Paskett ED, McRee AL. Recruiting young gay and bisexual men for an HPV vaccination intervention through social media: The effects of advertisement content. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 2017; 3(2): e33.
Katz ML, Young GS, Reiter PL, Pennell ML, Plascak JJ, Zimmermann BJ, Krieger J, Slater MD, Tatum CM, Paskett ED. Process evaluation of cancer prevention media campaigns in Appalachian Ohio. Health Promotion Practice 2017;18:201-210.
Taberna M, Inglehart RC, Pickard RKL, Fakhry C, Agrawal A, Katz ML, Gillison ML. Significant changes in sexual behavior after a diagnosis of human papillomavirus-positive and human papillomavirus-negative oral cancer. Cancer 2017;123:1156-1165.
Presser BE Katz ML, Shoben A, Moore D, Ruffin MT, Paskett ED, Reiter PL. Effects of an education intervention about HPV self-testing for healthcare providers and staff. J Cancer Educ. 2017; Jan 10 Epub ahead of print.
Katz ML, Young GS, Zimmermann BJ, Tatum CM, Paskett ED. Assessing colorectal cancer screening barriers by two methods. J Cancer Educ 2016; Dec 8, Epub ahead of print.
Katz ML, Zimmermann BJ, Moore D, Paskett ED, Reiter P. Perspectives from healthcare providers and women about completing human papillomavirus (HPV) self-testing at home. Women Health 2016 Oct 4: 1-17.
Paskett ED, Krok-Schoen JL, Pennell ML, Tatum CM, Reiter PL, Peng J, Bernardo BM, Weier R, Richardson MS, Katz ML. Results of a multi-level intervention trial to increase HPV vaccine uptake among adolescent girls. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2016;25:593-602.
Barnett KS, Shoben AB, McRee AL, Reiter PL, Paskett ED, Katz ML. Human papillomavirus and Pap tests on college campuses: How do historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs) measure up? J Am Coll Health 2016; 64:613-618.
Schoenberg NE, Eddens K, Jonas A, Snell-Rood C, Studts CR, Broder-Oldach B, Katz ML. Colorectal cancer prevention: Perspectives of key players from social networks in a low-income rural US region. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being 2016; 11:30396..
Katz ML, Keller B, Tatum CM, Fickle D, Midkiff C, Carver S, Krieger J, Slater MD, Paskett ED. Community members’ input into cancer prevention campaign development and experience being featured in the campaign. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research Education, and Action 2015;9:149-156.
Katz ML, Reiter PL, Young GS, Pennell ML, Tatum CM, Paskett ED. Adherence to multiple cancer screening tests among women living in Appalachia Ohio. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2015; 24:1489-1494.
Katz ML, Paskett ED. The process of engaging members from two underserved populations in the development of interventions to promote uptake of the HPV vaccine. Health Promotion Practice 2015;16:443-453.