Rukhsana Ahmed

Rukhsana Ahmed

Faculty Fellow

Brief Bio

Rukhsana Ahmed has an interdisciplinary background with B.A. and M.A. Degrees in International Relations (University of Dhaka); and M.A. Degrees in International Development Studies and in Communication Studies, and Ph.D. in Health Communication (Ohio University). She was Chair of the Department of Communication at UAlbany from January 2020 to August 2022. She is a Member of the AI Working Group at UAlbany, as well as a  Member of the Engaged Researchers Working Group [New York State COVID 19-Minority Health Disparities: Differential Impacts of COVID-19 in New York State] at UAlbany. Her research examines the role of communication, culture, media, and technology in shaping health outcomes among marginalized communities and promoting broader organizational and social changes and innovations in local, national, and international health contexts. Her research has been funded by the Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society Partnership; Canadian Institute of Health Research; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and the Canadian International Development Agency Collaborative Program, among others. She has presented and published top papers at the intersection of health communication, service quality, culture, and media in national and international interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary conferences, as well as in journals, including Frontiers in Medicine; Frontiers in Public Health; Health Communication; Human-Machine Communication; Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health; Journal of Health Communication; Journal of Public Health Policy; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; among others. She is co-author and co-editor of Privacy concerns surrounding personal information sharing on health and fitness mobile Applications (2020; IGI Global); New media considerations and communication across religions and cultures (2014; IGI Global); Health Literacy in Canada: A Primer for Students (2014; Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.); Health communication and mass media: An integrated approach to policy and practice (2013; Routledge); Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts (2012; Kendall Hunt; Distinguished Edited Book Award by the Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association). She is the Chief Editor of Health Communication, a specialty section of Frontiers in Communication. 

Selected Publications

Ahmed, R. (2022). Social media: Migrant health. In E. Ho, C. Bylund, J. van Weert, I. Basnyat, N. Bol, & M. Dean (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Wiley. First published: 10 November 2022


Kim, D. K. D., Kreps, G., & Ahmed, R. (Eds.) (2021). Diffusion of Human-Machine Communication During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic. Human-Machine Communication, 3. DOI 10.30658/hmc.3


Kim, D. K. D., Kreps, G, &. Ahmed, R. (2021). Communicative development and diffusion of humanoid AI robots for the post-pandemic health care system. Human-Machine Communication Special Issue: Diffusion of Human-Machine Communication During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, 3, 65-82.


Feng, Q., Hastings, J., & Ahmed, R. (2021). Overcoming telemental health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 33(4), 1-2. DOI: 


Fleerackers, A., Riedlinger, M., Moorhead, M., Ahmed, R., & Alperine, J. P. (2021).

Communicating scientific uncertainty in an age of COVID-19: An investigation into the use of preprints by digital media outlets. Health Communication, 37(6), 726-738. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1864892 


Pottie, K., Ratnayake, A., Ahmed, R., Veronis, L., & Alghazali, I. (2020). How refugee youth use social media: What does this mean for improving their health and welfare? Journal of Public Health Policy, 41, 268-278. 


Veronis, L., Tabler, Z., & Ahmed, R. (2018) Syrian refugee youth use social media: Building transcultural spaces and connections for resettlement in Ottawa, Canada. Canadian Ethnic Studies Special Issue: Canada's Syrian Refugee Program, Intergroup Relationships and Identities, 50(2), 79-99.


Bates, B. R., Romina, S. M., Ahmed, R., & Hopson, D. (2006). The effect of source credibility on consumers' perceptions of the quality of health information on the Internet. Medical Informatics & the Internet in Medicine, 31(1), 45-52. DOI: 10.1080/14639230600552601


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