I conduct research on substance abuse prevention, treatment programs, and on the evaluation of health promotion programs.My two main research interests are network analysis and the study of social influence through social networks and program evaluation.I received a B.S. in mathematics from Mary Washington College, an M.S. in mass communication from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.I spent nine years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health from 1991 to 2000 conducting research and teaching health communication, program evaluation, and network analysis.
Evaluating Health Promotion programs is a comprehensive guide to the frameworks, theories, methods, procedures, and techniques used to evaluate health promotion programs.The book covers every aspect of the research and evaluation activities needed to conduct an evaluation including formative, process, and summative research.Particular attention is paid to data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of findings with empirical examples.
Network analysis is a set of techniques used to study who is connected to whom in a community.It is often used to measure the communication structure for individuals, groups, organizations and communities.My particular interest is in how networks can be used to study health behavior.I wrote a book, Network Models of the Diffusion of Innovations that describes how networks structure the flow of information and adoption behavior
Gross, C.P., Cruz-Correa, M., Canto, M.I., McNeil-Solis, C., Valente, T.W., & Powe, N.R. (2002). The adoption of ablation therapy for Barrett's esophagus: A cohort study of gastroenterologists. American Journal of Gastroenterology . 97 , 279-286.
Glik, D., Nowak, G.,Valente, T., Sapsis, K., & Martin, C. (2002). Youth performing arts programs for health promotion. Journal of Health Communication , 7 (1), 39-57.
Agree, E. M., Biddlecom, A.,E., Chang, M., & Valente, T. (2001). Social network measures of child-parent exchange: Applications in Taiwan and the Philippines . Connections , 24 (2), 59-75.
Ellen, J., Dolcini, M., Bir, N. D., Harper, G., Watson, S., & Valente, T. (2001). Social network centrality and sexual activity among a household sample of urban African American adolescents. Connections , 24 (2), 76-81.
Valente, T. W., & Saba, W. (2001). Campaign recognition and interpersonal communication as factors in contraceptive use in Bolivia . Journal of Health Communication . 6 (4), 1-20.
Alexander, C., Piazza, M. Mekos, D., & Valente, T. W. (2001). Peers, schools, and adolescent cigarette smoking: An analysis of the national longitudinal study of adolescent health. Journal of Adolescent Health . 29 , 22-30.
Bond, K. C., Valente, T. W., & Kendall, C. (1999). Social network influences on reproductive health behaviors in urban northern Thailand . Social Science and Medicine , 49 , 1599-1614.
Boulay, M., & Valente, T. W. (1999). The relationship of social affiliation and interpersonal discussion to family planning knowledge, attitudes, and practice. International Family Planning Perspectives , 25 , 112-118.
Valente, T. W., & Bharath, U. (1999). An evaluation of the use of drama to communicate HIV/AIDS information. AIDS Education and Prevention , 11 , 203-211.
Valente, T.W., Foreman, R.K., Junge, B., Valhov, D. (1998). Satellite exchange in the Baltimore needle exchange program. Public Health Reports . 113 (S1), 91-96.
Valente, T.W., Paredes, P., & Poppe, P.R. (1998). Matching the message to the process: The relative ordering of knowledge, attitudes and practices in behavior change research. Human Communication Research , 24 , 366-385.
Valente, T.W., & Saba, W. (1998). Mass media and interpersonal influence in a reproductive health communication campaign in Bolivia . Communication Research , 25 , 96-124.
Valente, T.W., Watkins, S., Jato, M.N., Van der Straten, A., & Tsitsol, L.M. (1997). Social network associations with contraceptive use among Cameroonian women in voluntary associations. Social Science and Medicine , 45 , 677-687.
Valente, T. W., & Saba, W. (1996). Reproductive health is in your hands: The national media campaign in Bolivia . SIECUS: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States , 25 (2), 10-13.
Valente, T.W., Poppe, P.R., & Merritt, A.P. (1996). Mass media generated interpersonal communication as sources of information about family planning. Journal of Health Communication , 1 247-266.
Valente, T.W. (1996). Social network thresholds in the diffusion of innovations. Social Networks , 18 , 69-89.
Valente, T. W., & Rogers, E. M. (1995). The origins and development of the diffusion of innovations paradigm as an example of scientific growth. Science Communication: An Interdisciplinary Social Science Journal . 16 (3), 238-269.
Valente, T. W., Poppe, P. R., Alva, M. E., Vera de Briceño, R.,& Cases D. (1995). Street theater as a tool to reduce family planning misinformation. International Quarterly of Community Health Education , 15 , 279-290.
Valente, T. W., Kim, Y. M., Lettenmaier, C., Glass, W., & Dibba, Y. (1994). Radio and the promotion of family planning in The Gambia. International Family Planning Perspectives , 20 (3), 96-100.
Valente, T. W. (1993). Diffusion of innovations and policy decision-making. Journal of Communication , 43 (1), 30-45.
Valente, T. W. (In press). Models and methods for innovation diffusion. In P. J. Carrington, J. Scott, & S. Wasserman (Eds.) Models and Methods in Social Network Analysis . Cambridge , UK : Cambridge University Press.
Valente, T. W., & Schuster, D. V. (2002). The public health perspective for communicating environmental issues. T. Dietz & P. Stern (Eds.) The Human Dimensions of Global Change . Washington DC : National Academy Press.
Valente, T. W. (2001). Evaluating communication campaigns. In R. E. Rice & C. K. Atkin (Eds.) Public Communication Campaigns (3 rd Ed.) . Newbury Park , CA : Sage.
Valente, T. W . (2000). Social network and mass media factors that influence the diffusion of CAM . In B. Wellman & M. Kelner (Eds.) Complementary and Alternative Medicine . London , UK : Gordon and Breach/Harwood.
Valente, T. W., & Bardini, T. (1995). Virtual diffusion or an uncertain reality: Networks, policy and models for the diffusion of VR technology. In F. Biocca & M. Levy (Eds.) Communication in the age of virtual reality , (pp. 303-322). Northvale , NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Rogers, E. M., & Valente, T. W. (1993). A History of information theory in communication research. In J. R. Schement & B. D. Ruben (Eds.) Information and behavior volume 4: Between communication and information . New Brunswick , NJ : Transaction.
Pentz, M. A., & Valente, T. W. (1993). Effects of community organization in a drug abuse prevention campaign. In T. Backer & E. M. Rogers (Eds.) Organizational Factors in Health Communication Campaigns . Newburry Park , CA : Sage.
Rogers, E. M., & Valente, T. W. (1991). Technology transfer in high-technology industries. In T. Agmon & M. A. Von Glinow (Eds.) Technology transfer in international business . New York : Oxford University Press.
Valente T. W. (2003). The diffusion of genetic testing. Editorial, Genetics in Medicine .
Valente, T. W. (1997). On Evaluating Mass Media's Impact. Studies in Family Planning , 28 , 170-171.
Valente, T. W. ( July 17, 1996 ). The Science of Sin. New Yorker .
Bolivia NRHP Mass Media Campaign (1994-1996) Video Files
Below find video files (in flash format) of the 1-minute commercials produced and disseminated as part of the Bolivia National Reproductive Health Program (NRHP) Mass Media Campaign. The program was created and produced by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP; visit www.jhuccp.org)with funding from the US Agency for International Development. Evaluation of the program was documented by Valente in one preliminary findings report (Valente & Saba, 1996) and two published papers (Valente and Saba, 1998; 2001) and reported extensively in Valente (2002: Evaluating Health Promotion Programs Oxford University Press).
Diffusion of Innovations - Part 1
Diffusion of Innovations - Part 2
Diffusion of Innovations - Part 3
Network Analysis: Using Connections and Structures to Understand and Change Health Behaviors
Program date and time:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:00:00 AM
The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and CDC's Syndemics Prevention Network present Spring 2007 symposia series on Systems Science and Health
Katherine Faust, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
University of California, Irvine
Thomas Valente, Ph.D.
Department of Preventive Medicine
University of Southern California