Researcher, National Cancer Institute
Dr. Irina Iles is a researcher at the National Cancer Institute. Prior to this, she served as a senior researcher in the Risk Communication and Resilience Program. Her research falls largely under the areas of risk perception, affect and emotion, and risk and health communication. Dr. Iles uses experimental and survey methodologies to understand the interplay between cognitive and emotional processes in shaping human judgment and decision making in situations involving risk. She uses this insight to design effective health and risk communications that promote protective behaviors. Dr. Iles has authored over 50 journal articles, book chapters, refereed conference papers, and government reports. Her research has been published in outlets such as Risk Analysis, Health Communication, Journal of Health Psychology, American Journal of Health Behavior, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing, and others. Prior to joining START, Dr. Iles has taught various college courses in communication and research methods and was a research fellow for the Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
- University of Maryland, Ph.D., Health and Risk Communication, 2018
- University of Maryland, M.A., Persuasion and Social Influence, 2015
- Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, B.S., Finance and Banking, 2012
- Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, B.A., Communication and Public Relations, 2010
- Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, University of Maryland (2017)
- Research Fellowship, Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (2016-2017)
- The Charles Richardson Award for the Most Outstanding Ph.D. Student in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland (2016)
- All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship, University of Maryland Graduate School (2016)
- Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence – Highly Recommended Paper published in Health Education, Effect of cigarette warning labels on smokers: The role of graphics, framing, and identity.
- Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award, University of Maryland Graduate School (2015)
- Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association (2015)
- Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association (2014)
- Exceptional Recruitment Fund, University of Maryland Graduate School (2012)
- Dean’s Fellowship, University of Maryland Graduate School (2012-2016)