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I explore

…different ways information and communication technologies can be leveraged for persuasion and health promotion using multi-disciplinary approaches from information science, health communication, health behavior change, human-computer interaction and psychology. My research  focuses on theory-based message tailoring, information seeking, health literacy, health informatics and participatory design of eHealth approaches to support behavior-change and patient self-management primarily in the areas of adolescent and women’s health, cancer, diabetes, and STD prevention. I am particularly drawn to work on interdisciplinary collaborative projects aimed at improving access to healthcare and education among at-risk and medically underserved population groups. View my recent publications.

I teach…

…face-to-face and online courses in health informatics, information architecture, information science, and information technology. I use different strategies to engage my students through projects, team-based activities, service learning, and a variety of other collaborative and hands-on activities. I don’t believe in “teaching to the test” – instead, I believe that students learn best when you provide  structured learning experiences that allow them to make their own connections between theory and practice. Check out courses I currently teach.

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Primary Research Area

The growing popularity of the Internet as a source of health information and social support encourages wide assumptions about the benefits of web and mobile technologies for health promotion. Advances in eHealth technologies have led to the creation of increasingly innovative and interactive platforms to support the delivery of persuasive communications and behavior change interventions. Despite these exciting developments, there is still limited evidence about the efficacy of these approaches and whether the benefits of these applications can trickle down to those who need the most assistance (i.e., the chronically ill, and those who have limited means, education and access to healthcare services). Unfortunately, there is a prevailing tendency to design eHealth interventions around the technology and to focus on the bells and whistles that make these outwardly appealing to users. Rather than focusing on the “hi-tech”, we need to encourage the use of “appropriate technology” — to design systems that can support core clinical or self-management outcomes and address individual health information needs and barriers to behavior change. The corpus of my research focuses on exploring these issues and how information and communication technologies can be optimized for health promotion and education. I am also interested in related research areas such as health literacy, information seeking, persuasive technology, tailored messaging, participatory design and eHealth.

Selected Publications

LUSTRIA, M.L.A. (2017). Message Tailoring in Health and Risk Messaging. In R. Parrott (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. NY, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.323

LUSTRIA, M.L.A. (2017, in press). Message Tailoring. In K. Sweeny and M. Robbins (Eds.), Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Zhao, D., LUSTRIA, M. L. A., & Hendrickse, J. (2017). Systematic review of the information and communication technology features of web- and mobile-based psychoeducational interventions for depression. Patient Education and Counseling, 100(6), 1049-1072. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.01.004

LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Cortese, J., Gerend, M. A., Schmitt, K., Kung, Y. M., & McLaughlin, C. (2016). A model of tailoring effects: A randomized controlled trial examining the mechanisms of tailoring in a web-based STD screening intervention. Health Psychology. doi:10.1037/hea0000399

Gerend, M. A., Shepherd, M. A., LUSTRIA, M. L. A., & Shepherd, J. E. (2016). Predictors of provider recommendation for HPV vaccine among young adult men and women: findings from a cross-sectional survey. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 92(2), 104-107. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2015-052088

LUSTRIA, M. L. A. (2014). Computer-tailored interventions. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Communication (pp. 244-246). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Kazmer, M. M., Lustria, M. L. A., Cortese, J., Burnett, G., Kim, J.-H., Ma, J., & Frost, J. (2014). Distributed knowledge in an online patient support community: Authority and discovery. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(7), 1319-1334. doi: 10.1002/asi.23064 [Author’s Original Manuscript can be downloaded at: http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/slis_faculty_publications/12/]

LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Noar, S. M., Cortese, J., Van Stee, S. K., Glueckauf, R. L., & Lee, J. A. (2013). A meta-analysis of web-delivered, tailored health behavior change interventions. Journal of Health Communication, 18(9), 1039-1069. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2013.768727 [Author’s Original Manuscript can be downloaded at: http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/slis_faculty_publications/13/]

Gerend, M. A., Shepherd, M. A., & LUSTRIA, M. L. A. (2013). Increasing human papillomavirus vaccine acceptability by tailoring messages to young adult women’s perceived barriers. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 40(5), 401-405. doi:10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318283c8a8

Cortese, J., & LUSTRIA, M. L. A. (2012). Can tailoring increase elaboration of health messages delivered via an adaptive educational site on adolescent sexual health and decision making? Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(8), 1567-1580. doi: 10.1002/asi.22700

LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Smith, S. A., & Hinnant, C. C. (2011). Exploring digital divides: An examination of eHealth technology use in health information seeking, communication and personal health information management in the USA. Health Informatics Journal, 17(3), 224-243. doi: 10.1177/1460458211414843 [Author’s Original Manuscript can be downloaded at:  http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/slis_faculty_publications/23/]

LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Kazmer, M. M. M., Glueckauf, R. L., Hawkins, R., Randeree, E., Rosario, I. B., McLaughlin, C., &; Redmond, S. (2010). Participatory design of a health informatics system for rural health practitioners and disadvantaged women. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(11), 2243-2255. doi:10.1002/asi.21390

Noar, S. M., Palmgreen, P., Zimmerman, R. S., LUSTRIA, M. L. A. &Lu, H. (2010). Assessing the relationship between perceived message sensation value and perceived message effectiveness: Analysis of PSAs from an effective campaign. Communication Studies, 61(1), 21-45. doi: 10.1080/10510970903396477

LUSTRIA, M. L. A., & Brown, L. L. (2010). Information and communication technologies for diabetes self-management and education: User-centered perspectives. In W. Aspray & B. M. Hayes (Eds.), Health Informatics: A Patient-Centered Approach to Diabetes (pp. 229-270). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Cortese, J., Noar, S. M., & Glueckauf, R. L. (2009). Computer-tailored health interventions delivered over the web: Review and analysis of key components. Patient Education and Counseling 74(2), 156-173.  doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2008.08.023

Glueckauf, R. L., & LUSTRIA, M. L. A. (2008). E-Health self-care Interventions for persons with chronic illnesses: Review and future directions. In J. C. Parker & E. Thorson (Eds.), Health Communication in the New Media Landscape (pp. 151-241). New York: Springer.

Dahlberg, Barnes, T., Rorrer, A., Seals, C., LUSTRIA, M. L. A., & Hawkes, L. (2008). The STARS leadership corps: Case studies in broadening participation in computing. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, 1(3), 885-890.

Brown, L. L., LUSTRIA, M. L. A. & Rankins, J. (2007). A review of web-assisted interventions for diabetes management: Maximizing the potential for improving health outcomes. The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 1(6), 164-174.

Kim, K., LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Burke. D., Kwon, N. (2007). Predictors of cancer information overload: Findings from a national survey. Information Research 12(4) paper 326 [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/12-4/paper326.html].

Zimmerman, R. S., Palmgreen, P., Noar, S. M., LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Hung-Yi, L., & Horosewski, M. L. (2007). Effects of a televised two-city safer sex mass media campaign targeting high sensation-seeking and impulsive decision-making young adults.  Health Education & Behavior, 34(5), 810-826. doi: 10.1177/1090198107299700

Lu, Hung-Yi, Case, D. O., LUSTRIA, M. L. A., Kwon, N., Andrews, J. E., Cavendish, S., & Floyd, B. (2007). Predictors of online information seeking by international students when disaster strikes their countries. Cyberpsychology & Behavior 10(5), 709-712. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2007.9965

LUSTRIA, M. L. A. (2007). Can interactivity make a difference? Effects of interactivity on the comprehension and attitudes toward online health content. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. 58(6), 766-776. doi: 10.1002/asi.20557

Noar, S. M., Clark, A., Cole, C., & LUSTRIA, M. L. A. (2006). Review of interactive safer sex websites on the Internet: Practice and potential. Health Communication, 20(3), 233-241. doi: 10.1207/s15327027hc2003_3

Noar, S. M., Zimmerman, R. S., Palmgreen, P., LUSTRIA, M. L. A., & Horosewski, M. L.(2005).Integrating personality and psychosocial theoretical approaches to understanding safer sexual behavior: Implications for message design. Health Communication, 19(2), 165-174. doi: 10.1207/s15327027hc1902_8

LUSTRIA, M. L. A., & Case, D. O. (2005). The SPARC initiative: A survey of participants and features analysis of their journals. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31(3), 236-246. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2005.01.004


I currently teach the following courses at Florida State University (those with asterisks are courses taught regularly).

Consumer Health Informatics
(LIS 4772/IFS3037 – undergrad; LIS 5419 – graduate)*

  • Graduate/undergraduate interdisciplinary cohort class
  • Term: Spring semester
  • Mode: face-to-face (undergrad); online (graduate)
  • Description: This course explores how emerging technologies are being used to empower health consumers and improve their medical outcomes. Students will examine different technology-based approaches for health promotion, disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. They will evaluate patients’ information needs and behaviors to design more effective technology-based health education and behavior change interventions. They will also discuss issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels. The course emphasizes an interdisciplinary, user-centered and theory-based approach using concepts drawn from communication, information studies, human-computer interaction, medicine, psychology, and public health.

Introduction to Health Informatics
(LIS 5418)*

  • Graduate elective course
  • Term: Fall semester
  • Mode: online
  • Description: Growing healthcare costs has generated the need for information specialists knowledgeable about emerging technical solutions that can help improve healthcare delivery and health decision-making not only for clinicians but also for patients and general health consumers. A growing number of healthcare providers are investing in information systems that will affect their operations and practices. Health consumers are taking a more proactive role in their healthcare to manage and navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment and to live healthier lives. This survey course evaluates health informatics from a stakeholder perspective and provides an overview of the role of information professionals in this emerging interdisciplinary field. The course begins with a brief overview of the US healthcare system then discusses to what extent technology can be used to meet the health information needs of various users such as providers of healthcare services, clinicians, health educators, consumers, patients, and caregivers.

Information Architecture

  • Undergraduate elective course
  • Term: Fall semester
  • Mode: face-to-face
  • Prerequisites:  LIS 3267 & 3353 and CGS 2835
  • Description: This course provides an introduction to the scope and methods of information architecture, including project strategy; project scope; audience research; organization schemes, categories, and labels; identifying functional and content requirements; and interface design. The course will emphasize the interrelationships of these components and stress the importance of developing communication skills within teams and with clients.

Health Information Sources
(LIS 5631)

  • Graduate core course
  • Term: Summer Session A
  • Mode: online
  • Description: This course provides an overview of health information resources used in different contexts including clinical care, research and continuing medical education, as well as patient health care and health promotion and communication. Students will evaluate and explore a variety of medical and consumer health information sources. The class will discuss issues, trends, and policies related to the retrieval and use of health information including the different stakeholders that shape these (e.g., local, state and national organizations and professional associations). Course material is intended for those interested in professions that require the use and/or provision of medical and consumer health information sources in a variety of settings including bio-medical research, continuing medical education, clinical care and patient education.

Computers as Persuasive Technology

  • Graduate elective course
  • Term: Summer Session A
  • Mode: online
  • Description: This course explores the design and use of digital technologies for the purpose of influencing individuals’ attitudes or behaviors in a number of contexts (i.e., e-commerce, social marketing, education, health, etc.). Computers as persuasive technology or “captology” is an interdisciplinary field that draws on theories and methods of psychology, human behavior studies, communication and human-computer interaction to inform the design of persuasive experiences delivered through interactive and computational technologies.

Perspectives on IT
(LIS4708 Capstone Course)

  • Undergraduate capstone course
  • Term: Spring semester
  • Mode: face-to-face
  • Prerequisites: Senior standing and must have completed all required foundation and major courses
  • Description:  Information Science is concerned with managing the knowledge of an organization in order to enable its people to become more relevant, effective and productive. It is no longer sufficient for an organization to simply have a computer network and a file server – the information must be properly organized, managed and protected so that it is useful to human beings. Information Science is concerned with the enhancement of individual and organizational performance though knowledge management in a highly uncertain, dynamic and competitive global environment. The goal of the College of Communication and Information is to equip students with the knowledge required to work productively with people, to communicate effectively, to manage information purposefully and to apply technology innovatively for the benefit of individuals and organizations. This course is designed to assist graduating seniors majoring in Information Technology to articulate what they have learned from their training in each of these four areas through the preparation of an Interactive Resume. Class discussions and assignments will assist the student in preparing for their chosen career path by providing perspectives on the issues that the student will face upon entering their career as an information professional.

Management of Information Organizations
(LIS 5408)

  • Graduate core course
  • Term: Summer Session A
  • Mode: online
  • Description: This is introductory course is designed to help you develop a conceptual framework for integrating fundamental management concepts, principles, policies, theories, and practices into an effective personal management process that relates to information organizations of the 21st century.  Students acquire strategies for developing cohesive, productive management teams through experiential learning. This course is designed to assist students in understanding the context of management in all types of information organizations, regardless of their own position in such an organization.  For students who plan a career in management, this course is the initial course in a sequence that might include more advanced courses in planning and human resource management, leadership as well as information policy.  Courses in the management of resources – such as management of networks, web site management, and management of information collections – add specificity to preparation for management of information organizations.

Information Science

  • Undergraduate foundation course
  • Term: Fall semester
  • Mode: face-to-face
  • Description: This course introduces students to the history, concepts, ideas, research and practical applications of the field of information science. Students will work together to construct an understanding of what information science is, what information scientists do, and what they may do as future information professionals.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Mia Liza A. Lustria (Ph… by on Scribd


Professor2017-presentSchool of Information, Florida State University

Chair, Education Committee2016-presentFSU School of Information

Professor (Courtesy Appointment)2008-presentCollege of Medicine, Florida State University

Professor (Courtesy Appointment)2017-presentPublic Health Program of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Florida State University

Associate Editor2017-presentAdvances in Information Sciences section of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Assistant Professor1990-2000University of the Philippines


Ph.D. in Communication2000-2005University of Kentucky

M.S. in Development Communication1992-1996University of the Philippines

B.S. in Development Communication1986-1990University of the Philippines


Research Areashealth informatics, health communication, behavior change, tailoring, persuasive technology, health information seeking, health literacy, computer-mediated communication, user-centered design

Research Methodsweb-based experiments, survey research, randomized controlled trials, focus group interviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, quantitative and qualitative data analyses

Technical Skillswriting and reviewing research grants and peer-reviewed journal articles, information architecture, technical editing, publications production, user-centered design

Tools and AppsWord, Excel, PowerPoint, Keynote, Omnigraffle, Endnote, SPSS, Filemaker, Blackboard, Collaborate, etc.

LanguagesEnglish, Filipino