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Andy Tan, PhD, MPH, MBA, MBBS


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Physician

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Population Sciences, Center for Community-Based Research
  • Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

  • Office Phone Number617-582-7643
  • Fax617-632-5690

Bio

Dr. Tan holds a bachelor of medicine and a bachelor of surgery (MBBS) from the National University of Singapore. In 2007 he earned dual Masters’ degrees in public health and business administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Carey Business School. He received his PhD in health communication from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication in 2013 and completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the NCI-funded Center of Excellence for Cancer Communication at the Annenberg School. Dr. Tan also has over 5 years of field experience in designing, implementing and evaluating strategic communications programs.

Research

Research Interests
• Patient-centered communication and health information seeking behaviors
• Impact of advertising, media coverage and interpersonal communication on public health
• Health campaigns formative and summative evaluation methods
• Digital health communication technologies
• Cancer prevention and control

Dr. Tan’s research program is aimed at understanding health communication determinants and processes that contribute to reducing the burden of cancer across the cancer control continuum. His research interests lies in understanding the impact of mass-mediated and interpersonal communication on cancer prevention and control outcomes. To date, his research examined patient-provider communication and active information seeking among cancer survivors; direct-to-consumer advertising of cancer treatments; emerging health information technology; and advertising of novel tobacco products. His research has identified associations between these forms of health communication and important population health outcomes including surveillance adherence, preventive behaviors, and patient-reported measures of quality of life. These findings help guide future innovations in health communication interventions for cancer prevention and control.

Soneji S, Yang J, Moran MB, Tan ASL, Sargent J, Knutzen KE, Choi K. Engagement with Online Tobacco Marketing Among Adolescents in the US: 2013-2014 to 2014-2015. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 May 05.
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Young-Wolff KC, Klebaner D, Folck B, Tan ASL, Fogelberg R, Sarovar V, Prochaska JJ. Documentation of e-cigarette use and associations with smoking from 2012 to 2015 in an integrated healthcare delivery system. Prev Med. 2018 Apr; 109:113-118.
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Tan ASL, Young-Wolff KC, Carter-Harris L, Salloum RG, Banerjee SC. Disparities in the Receipt of Tobacco Treatment Counseling within the US Context of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use Implementation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Oct 20.
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Sanders-Jackson A, Tan ASL, Yie K. Effects of health-oriented descriptors on combustible cigarette and electronic cigarette packaging: an experiment among adult smokers in the United States. Tob Control. 2017 Oct 05.
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Kenne DR, Fischbein RL, Tan AS, Banks M. The Use of Substances Other Than Nicotine in Electronic Cigarettes Among College Students. Subst Abuse. 2017; 11:1178221817733736.
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Tan ASL, Lee CJ, Nagler RH, Bigman CA. To vape or not to vape? Effects of exposure to conflicting news headlines on beliefs about harms and benefits of electronic cigarette use: Results from a randomized controlled experiment. Prev Med. 2017 Dec; 105:97-103.
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Tan ASL, Bigman CA, Nagler RH, Minsky S, Viswanath K. Comparing perceived effectiveness of FDA-proposed cigarette packaging graphic health warnings between sexual and gender minorities and heterosexual adults. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Oct; 28(10):1143-1155.
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Young-Wolff KC, Klebaner D, Folck B, Carter-Harris L, Salloum RG, Prochaska JJ, Fogelberg R, Tan ASL. Do you vape? Leveraging electronic health records to assess clinician documentation of electronic nicotine delivery system use among adolescents and adults. Prev Med. 2017 Dec; 105:32-36.
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Mello S, Tan AS. Who's Responsible? Media Framing of Pediatric Environmental Health and Mothers' Perceptions of Accountability. J Health Commun. 2016 Dec; 21(12):1217-1226.
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Tan ASL, Mello S, Sanders-Jackson A, Bigman CA. Knowledge about Chemicals in e-Cigarette Secondhand Vapor and Perceived Harms of Exposure among a National Sample of U.S. Adults. Risk Anal. 2017 Jun; 37(6):1170-1180.
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Sanders-Jackson A, Tan AS, Bigman CA, Mello S, Niederdeppe J. To Regulate or Not to Regulate? Views on Electronic Cigarette Regulations and Beliefs about the Reasons for and against Regulation. PLoS One. 2016; 11(8):e0161124.
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Salloum RG, Getz KR, Tan ASL, Carter-Harris L, Young-Wolff KC, George TJ, Shenkman EA. Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cancer Survivors in the U.S. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Nov; 51(5):762-766.
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Carter-Harris L, Tan AS, Salloum RG, Young-Wolff KC. Patient-provider discussions about lung cancer screening pre- and post-guidelines: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Patient Educ Couns. 2016 11; 99(11):1772-1777.
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Lee SJ, Brennan E, Gibson LA, Tan AS, Kybert-Momjian A, Liu J, Hornik R. Predictive Validity of an Empirical Approach for Selecting Promising Message Topics: A Randomized-Controlled Study. J Commun. 2016 06; 66(3):433-453.
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Nishi A, Milner DA, Giovannucci EL, Nishihara R, Tan AS, Kawachi I, Ogino S. Integration of molecular pathology, epidemiology and social science for global precision medicine. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2016; 16(1):11-23.
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Tan AS, Lee CJ, Bigman CA. Comparison of beliefs about e-cigarettes' harms and benefits among never users and ever users of e-cigarettes. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jan 01; 158:67-75.
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Mello S, Bigman CA, Sanders-Jackson A, Tan AS. Perceived Harm of Secondhand Electronic Cigarette Vapors and Policy Support to Restrict Public Vaping: Results From a National Survey of US Adults. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 May; 18(5):686-93.
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Tan AS, Lee CJ, Bigman CA. Public support for selected e-cigarette regulations and associations with overall information exposure and contradictory information exposure about e-cigarettes: Findings from a national survey of U.S. adults. Prev Med. 2015 Dec; 81:268-74.
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Gibson L, Tan AS, Freres D, Lewis N, Martinez L, Hornik RC. Nonmedical information seeking amid conflicting health information: negative and positive effects on prostate cancer screening. Health Commun. 2016; 31(4):417-24.
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Jeong M, Tan AS, Brennan E, Gibson L, Hornik RC. Talking About Quitting: Interpersonal Communication as a Mediator of Campaign Effects on Smokers' Quit Behaviors. J Health Commun. 2015; 20(10):1196-205.
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Tan AS, Nagler RH, Hornik RC, DeMichele A. Evolving Information Needs among Colon, Breast, and Prostate Cancer Survivors: Results from a Longitudinal Mixed-Effects Analysis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Jul; 24(7):1071-8.
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Tan AS, Bigman CA, Mello S, Sanders-Jackson A. Is exposure to e-cigarette communication associated with perceived harms of e-cigarette secondhand vapour? Results from a national survey of US adults. BMJ Open. 2015 Mar 26; 5(3):e007134.
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Sanders-Jackson AN, Tan AS, Bigman CA, Henriksen L. Knowledge About E-Cigarette Constituents and Regulation: Results From a National Survey of U.S. Young Adults. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Oct; 17(10):1247-54.
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Tan AS. A Study of the Frequency and Social Determinants of Exposure to Cancer-Related Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Among Breast, Prostate, and Colorectal Cancer Patients. Health Commun. 2015; 30(11):1102-11.
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Tan GF, Kong YL, Tan AS, Tey HL. Causes and features of erythroderma. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2014 Aug; 43(8):391-4.
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Tan AS, Bigman CA, Sanders-Jackson A. Sociodemographic correlates of self-reported exposure to e-cigarette communications and its association with public support for smoke-free and vape-free policies: results from a national survey of US adults. Tob Control. 2015 Nov; 24(6):574-81.
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Tan AS. Potential spillover educational effects of cancer-related direct-to-consumer advertising on cancer patients' increased information seeking behaviors: results from a cohort study. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Jun; 29(2):258-65.
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Tan AS, Bigman CA. E-cigarette awareness and perceived harmfulness: prevalence and associations with smoking-cessation outcomes. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Aug; 47(2):141-9.
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Tan AS, Gibson L, Zafar HM, Gray SW, Hornik RC, Armstrong K. Associations between cancer-related information seeking and receiving PET imaging for routine cancer surveillance--an analysis of longitudinal survey data. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Mar; 23(3):481-9.
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Forquer HA, Christensen JL, Tan AS. Predicting continuance-findings from a longitudinal study of older adults using an eHealth newsletter. Health Commun. 2014; 29(9):937-46.
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Tan AS, Hornik RC. Measuring Exposure to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising-A Validation Study in the Context of Cancer-Related Treatment Advertising. Commun Methods Meas. 2014 Jan 01; 8(1):52-78.
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Moldovan-Johnson M, Tan AS, Hornik RC. Navigating the cancer information environment: The reciprocal relationship between patient-clinician information engagement and information seeking from nonmedical sources. Health Commun. 2014; 29(10):974-83.
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Tan AS, Moldovan-Johnson M, Gray SW, Hornik RC, Armstrong K. An analysis of the association between cancer-related information seeking and adherence to breast cancer surveillance procedures. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Jan; 22(1):167-74.
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Tey HL, Tan ES, Tan FG, Tan KL, Lim IS, Tan AS. Reducing anxiety levels in preschool children undergoing cryotherapy for cutaneous viral warts: use of a portable video player. Arch Dermatol. 2012 Sep; 148(9):1001-4.
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Tan AS, Moldovan-Johnson M, Parvanta S, Gray SW, Armstrong K, Hornik RC. Patient-clinician information engagement improves adherence to colorectal cancer surveillance after curative treatment: results from a longitudinal study. Oncologist. 2012; 17(9):1155-62.
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Mello S, Tan AS, Armstrong K, Sanford Schwartz J, Hornik RC. Anxiety and depression among cancer survivors: the role of engagement with sources of emotional support information. Health Commun. 2013; 28(4):389-96.
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Tan AS, Mello S, Hornik RC. A longitudinal study on engagement with dieting information as a predictor of dieting behavior among adults diagnosed with cancer. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Aug; 88(2):305-10.
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Tey HL, Tan AS, Chan YC. Meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials comparing griseofulvin and terbinafine in the treatment of tinea capitis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Apr; 64(4):663-70.
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Tan AS, Bourgoin A, Gray SW, Armstrong K, Hornik RC. How does patient-clinician information engagement influence self-reported cancer-related problems?: findings from a longitudinal analysis. Cancer. 2011 Jun 01; 117(11):2569-76.
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Tan AS. An approach to building the case for nutrition policies to limit trans-fat intake - a Singapore case study. Health Policy. 2011 May; 100(2-3):264-72.
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Tey HL, Ee HL, Tan AS, Theng TS, Wong SN, Khoo SW. Risk factors associated with having psoriatic arthritis in patients with cutaneous psoriasis. J Dermatol. 2010 May; 37(5):426-30.
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Tan AS. A case study of the New York City trans-fat story for international application. J Public Health Policy. 2009 Apr; 30(1):3-16.
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