Samantha R. Paige, Ph.D., M.P.H, CHES®

Post Doctoral Associate - STEM Translational Communication Center

Office: 2042 Weimer Phone: 352-273-4997 Email:


Samantha R. Paige, PhD, MPH is a transdisciplinary mixed-methods postdoctoral researcher funded by the NIH/NHLBI. Broadly, she researches the intersection of technology and communication in the uptake and evaluation of evidence-based recommendations among medically underserved adults at-risk or living with tobacco-associated lung diseases.

She has a special interest in rural-urban health disparities in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.


Dr. Paige received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2018 and her Master of Public Health from Purdue University in 2014.



Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications 

Paige, S.R., Stellefson, M., Krieger, J.L., & Alber, J.M. (accepted; in press). Computer-mediated experiences of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. American Journal of Health Education. 
Paige, S.R., Stellefson, M., Krieger, J.L., Anderson-Lewis, C., Cheong, J., & Stopka, C. (2018). Proposing a transactional model of electronic health (eHealth) literacy: A concept analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(10), e10175.
Paige, S.R., Alber, J.M., Stellefson, M., & Krieger, J.L. (2018). Missing the mark for patient engagement: Mobile health literacy strategies and behavior change processes in smoking cessation apps. Patient Education and Counseling, 101(5), 951-955.
Paige, S.R., Krieger, J.L., & Stellefson, M. (2017). The influence of eHealth literacy on perceived trust in online health communication channels and sources. Journal of Health Communication, 22(1), 53-65.
Flood-Grady, E., Paige, S.R., Karimipour, N., Harris, P.A., Cottler, L.B., & Krieger, J.L. (2017). A content analysis of the strategies CTSAs use to communicate about clinical trial participation online. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science1(6): 340-351.
Paige, S.R., Bonnar, K.K., Black, D.R., & Coster, D.C. (2017). Risk factor knowledge, perceived threat, and protective health behaviors: Implications for type 2 diabetes control in rural communities. The Diabetes Educator44(1), 63-71.
Paige, S.R., Stellefson, M., Chaney, B.H., & Alber, J.M. (2015). Pinterest as a resource for health information on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): A social media content analysis. American Journal of Health Education, 46(4), 241-251.
Tennant, B., Stellefson, M., Dodd, V., Chaney, B., Chaney, D., Paige, S.R., & Alber, J.M. (2015). eHealth literacy and web 2.0 health information seeking behaviors among baby boomers and older adults. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(3), e70.


Selected Funding Received

Paige, S.R., Krieger, J.L., Salloum, R.G., Porter, M., & Brumback, B. (August 2018 – August 2020). Precision Health Message Approaches to Combating Late Stage COPD Diagnosis among Rural Adults. Submitted for a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral (F32) Fellowship Program, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Impact Score = 23
Paige, S.R., Stellefson, M., Cottler, L., Krieger, J.L., & Miller, M.D. (August 2016 – August 2018). Developing an Instrument to Measure Interactive eHealth Literacy. Submitted to the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Program (F31), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Impact Score = 24
Paige, S.R., Stellefson, M., & Krieger, J. (July 2015 – June 2016). Exploring Factors Affecting Recruitment and Retention of Patients with COPD in mHealth Smoking Cessation Interventions: A Mixed-Method Approach. Submitted to the University of Florida’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and STEM Translational Communication Center (STCC) Pilot Projects Grant.
Paige, S.R. & Stellefson, M. (July 2015 – June 2016). mHealth Literacy Strategies and Motivational Factors Presented in Smoking Cessation Apps: A Content Analysis. Submitted to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) 2015 Student Fellowship in Patient Engagement.