Susan Koch-Weser, ScM, ScD


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Concentration Leader, MPH Behavioral Science and Health Communication


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

Teaching Areas

Health Promotion Program Planning; Social Science Research Methods

Research Focus

Dr. Koch-Weser’s research interests are in health communication, health literacy, and Asian health. Her research addresses how people find, understand, and apply information when making health decisions.  She has worked on a range of projects, including research into patient decision-making and consumer choice of health care services, programs to increase health literacy among high school students, product labeling to promote healthy behaviors, and developing a communication campaign to improve the quality of foods children bring from home to school.

Dr. Koch-Weser has also been an active member of Tufts CTSI’s Stakeholder & Community Engagement Program, Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research (ADAPT), which is a community-academic partnership based in Boston’s Chinatown. As a member of this group she contributes methodological expertise to projects, including having led a community health survey of Chinatown residents. Currently project ADAPT is working to secure funding to advance collective impact projects designed to promote health by coordinating interventions and data collection across multiple agencies serving the Chinese community.

Select Publications

Ladin, K., Lin, N., Hahn, E., Zhang, G., Koch-Weser, S., & Weiner, D. E. (2016). Engagement in decision-making and patient satisfaction: a qualitative study of older patients' perceptions of dialysis initiation and modality decisions. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, gfw307.

Jacque, B., Koch-Weser, S., Faux, R., & Meiri, K. (2015). Addressing Health Literacy Challenges with a Cutting-Edge Infectious Disease Curriculum for the High School Biology Classroom. Health Education & Behavior, 1090198115596163.

Goldberg, J. P., Folta, S. C., Eliasziw, M., Koch-Weser, S., Economos, C. D., Hubbard, K. L.,& Must, A. (2015). Great Taste, Less Waste: A cluster-randomized trial using a communications campaign to improve the quality of foods brought from home to school by elementary school children. Preventive medicine. 2015

Rubin CL, Allukian N, Wang X, Ghosh S, Huang CC, Wang J, Brugge D, Wong JB, Mark S, Dong S, Koch-Weser S, Parsons SK, Leslie LK, Freud KM. (2014). "We make the path by walking it:" Building an academic community partnership with Boston Chinatown.  Progress in Community Health Partnership 8(3), 353-363.

Koch-Weser, S., Liang, S. Grigg-Saito, D., Toof, R., Health Behaviors among Cambodian Adults in Lowell, Massachusetts, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Published online April 13, 2012.

Koch-Weser, S., Bradshaw, Y. S., Gualtieri, L., & Gallagher, S. S. (2010). The Internet as a health information source: findings from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey and implications for health communication. Journal of health communication, 15(sup3), 279-293.

Koch-Weser, S., Rudd, R.E., DeJong, W., Quantifying word use to study doctor patient communication Journal of Health Communication. Journal of Health Communication. 15(6): 590 – 602, September 2010

Koch-Weser, S., DeJong, W. Rudd, R.E., Medical Word Use in Clinical Encounters Journal of Health Expectations. 12(4):371-382, 2009 December.

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

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

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