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Christopher (CJ) Calabrese


  • MPH in General Public Health, UC Davis, 2016
  • BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, 2015


Christopher (CJ) Calabrese is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Davis. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2015 and a Master of Public Health in 2016, both from the University of California, Davis. 

Research Focus

CJ is primarily interested in health and science communication. His research revolves around health promotion, social and communication networks, misinformation, and online technologies. CJ is currently working in the Communication in Health and Technology Research (CHATR) Lab with Dr. Jingwen Zhang, and is a member of the PAGE Project led by Dr. George Barnett in the C2 Lab.

Selected Publications

Calabrese, C. & Bell, R. A. (2019). Opposition to Nonprescription Naloxone Access: Measurement and Psychosocial Predictors. Substance Use and Misuse, 54(11), 1853-1861.

Calabrese, C.
, Anderton, B. N., & Barnett, G. A. (2019). Online Representations of “Genome Editing” Uncover Opportunities for Encouraging Engagement: A Semantic Network Analysis. Science Communication, 41(2), 222–242.

Zhang, J., Calabrese, C., Ding, J., Liu, M., & Zhang, B. (2018). Advantages and challenges in using mobile apps for field experiments: a systematic review and a case study. Mobile Media & Communication6(2), 179-196.


2017-2018 Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, UC Davis Graduate Studies.