Mira Katz, PhD


Mira Katz, PhD


1590 North High Street
Suite 525
Columbus, OH, 43210
Email: katz.114@osu.edu
Phone: 614-293-6603

Professional Overview

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 community-engaged research projects focused on increasing cancer screening rates and improving the uptake of the HPV vaccine. I have a special interest in providing cancer prevention and control information to individuals with limited health literacy skills so they may make informed health decisions.

Areas of Research and Study

reducing cancer disparities among minority and underserved populations


Ph.D., Health Education, Temple University
M.P.H., Community Health Education, Temple University
M.L.A., Liberal Arts, Temple University
B.S., Biology, University of Cincinnati

Selected Publications

Bishop E, Katz ML, Reiter PL. Acceptability of HPV self-sampling among a national sample of women in the United States. BioRes Open Access 2019;8:65-73.

Reiter PL, Shoben AB, McDonough D, Ruffin MT, Steinau M, Unger ER, Paskett ED, Katz ML. Results of a pilot study of a mail-based HPV self-testing program for underscreened women from Appalachian Ohio. Sex Transm Dis 2019;46:185-190.

Katz ML, Young GS, Zimmermann BJ*, Tatum CM, Paskett ED. Assessing colorectal cancer screening barriers by two methods. J Cancer Educ. 2018;33:536-543.

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).

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.