Susan Koch-Weser, ScM, ScD


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.4033
Fax: 617.636.4017


ScM, ScD Harvard School of Public Health
BA Wellesley College

Research Focus:

Dr. Koch-Weser’s research focuses on the development of theory-based communication strategies to address the communication inequalities and knowledge gaps that exacerbate health disparities. She is currently involved in The Green (Growing Right: Eating Eco-Friendly and Nutritious) Project, a nutrition communication campaign, and a patient navigator project to improve access to services among Asian Americans. She is particularly interested in the role of community-based agencies in health information dissemination, especially to people with limited health literacy. She also has experience in refugee/immigrant health and coordinated a behavioral risk factor survey for Cambodian Community Health 2010, a REACH 2010 project in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Select Publications:

  1. Koch-Weser, S., Karan, K., Viswanath, K. “Social Capital and Communication in Health.” The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Ed. Wolfgang Dornbach. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008
  2. Koch-Weser, S., Grigg-Saito, D., Liang, S., Self-Reported Health among Cambodians in Lowell, Massachusetts, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 17(2):133-145, 2006 Supplement, May
  3. Koch-Weser, S., Grigg-Saito, D., Liang, S., Toof, R., Kreth, N. M., Pot, M., et al. Health status of Cambodians and Vietnamese—Selected communities, United States, 2001-2002. MMWR. 53(33):760-765, 2004 August 27
  4. Emmons, KM., Koch-Weser, S., Atwood, K., Conboy, L., Rudd, R., Colditz, G. A qualitative evaluation of the Harvard Cancer Risk Index. Journal of Health Communication. 4(3):181-193, 1999 Jul-Sep