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CJ Calabrese


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


Christopher (CJ) Calabrese is a PhD Candidate 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 communication, focusing on developing online network health interventions. His research interests also include health promotion, HIV prevention, misinformation, social networks, and persuasive 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

Peer-Reviewed Publications
Calabrese, C.,
 Ding, J., Millam, B., & Barnett, G. A. (2019). The Uproar Over Gene-Edited Babies: A Semantic Network Analysis of CRISPR on TwitterEnvironmental Communication.

Calabrese, C., & Zhang, J. (2019). Inferring Norms from Numbers: Boomerang Effects of Online Virality Metrics on Normative Perceptions and Behavioral Intention. Telematics and Informatics.

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.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
Hether, H. J., & Calabrese, C. (2020). Beyond #liking: Inspiring user-generated content for health promotion. In J. Kim & H. Song (Eds.). Technology and health: Promoting attitude and behavior change. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.


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