Nicholas Carcioppolo

Associate Professor


WCB 3013


(305) 284-5633



Dr. Carcioppolo’s research focuses on the development and assessment of persuasive communication intervention materials to influence health decision-making and outcomes. He has extensive experience conducting translational research in interdisciplinary teams to address behavioral issues of health. He was previously a fellow in the National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Internship Program, where he led a project designed to identify risk factors associated with unnecessary exposure to ultraviolet (UV) through indoor tanning. His current research involves working in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams to encourage the adoption of cancer prevention and screening behaviors, largely in the context of UV exposure.

Dr. Carcioppolo’s approach to research is largely divided among three complementary approaches: (1) the identification of salient attitudinal, belief-based, and normative risk perceptions that can be addressed through intervention; (2) the design and evaluation of persuasive messaging interventions to improve health outcomes; and (3) the development and validation of health communication measurement. Taken together, his research involves understanding the complex network of attitudes, beliefs, and norms that contribute to the (non)performance of recommended health behaviors, designing and testing strategic interventions targeted toward specific audiences, and developing sound measurement to empirically assess intervention effectiveness. His research has been published in such journals as: Social Science & Medicine, Health Education & Behavior, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, JAMA Dermatology, Patient Education & Counseling, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, the American Journal of Health Behavior, and Human Communication Research, among others.

Recent Awards

2015 NCA Golden Anniversary Monograph Award


COMPAS Cancer Communication Lab

Featured Projects

Organizations, Communication, and Health

Evaluation of Serious Games Outcomes

Communication of Cancer Screening Instructions

In-group Rationalizations of Risk and Indoor Tanning