Persky Publications

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Susan Persky, Ph.D.

Associate Investigator, Social and Behavioral Research Branch
Public Health Genomics Section

Selected Publications

Persky S, Sanderson SC, Koehly LM. Online discussions about genetics and body weight: Implications for health behavior and internet-based education, Journal of Health Communication. 2012. [In Press]

Wagner LK, Paquin R, Persky S. Genetics blogs as a public health tool: Assessing credibility and influence. Public Health Genomics. 2012. [In Press]

Persky S. Application of virtual reality methods to obesity prevention and management research. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 5:333-339. 2011. [PubMed]

Persky S. Employing immersive virtual environments for innovative experiments in health care communication. Patient Education and Counseling, 82:313-317. 2011. [PubMed]

Persky, S and Eccleston, CP. Impact of genetic causal information on medical students' clinical encounters with an obese virtual patient: Health promotion and social stigma. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 363-372. 2011. [PubMed]

Persky, S and Eccleston, CP. Medical student bias and care recommendations for an obese versus non-obese virtual patient.International Journal of Obesity, 35, 728-735. 2011. [PubMed]

Persky S., McBride C.M. Immersive virtual environment technology: A promising tool for future social and behavioral genomics research and practice. Health Communication, 24(8):677-82. 2009. [PubMed]

Kaphingst, K. A., Persky, S., McCall, C., Lachance, C., Loewenstein, J., Beall, A. C., & Blascovich, J. Testing the effects of educational strategies on comprehension of a genomic concept using virtual reality technology. Patient Education and Counseling, 77(2), 224-230. 2009. [PubMed]

Sanderson S.C., Persky S., Michie S. Psychological and behavioral responses to genetic test results indicating increased risk of obesity: does the causal pathway from gene to obesity matter? Public Health Genomics. 2009. [PubMed]

Persky S., Kaphingst K.A., McCall C., Lachance C., Beall A.C., Blascovich J. Presence relates to distinct outcomes in two virtual environments employing different learning modalities. Cyberpsychol Behav, 12:263-268. 2009. [PubMed]

Kaphingst K.A., Persky S., McCall C., Lachance C., Beall A., Blascovich, J. Testing communication strategies to convey genomic concepts using virtual reality technology. J Health Commun, 14:384-399. 2009. [PubMed]

McCall C., Blascovich J., Young A., Persky S. Proxemic behaviors as predictors of aggression towards black (but not white) males in an immersive virtual environment. Social Influence, 4:138-154. 2009.

Persky S., Blascovich J. Immersive virtual video game play and presence: influences on aggressive feelings and behavior. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 17:57-72. 2008.

Persky S., Kaphingst K.A., Condit C.M., McBride C.M. Assessing hypothetical scenario methodology in genetic susceptibility testing analog studies: a quantitative review. Genet Med, 9:272-738. 2007. [PubMed]

Persky S., Blascovich J. Immersive virtual environments versus traditional platforms: effects of violent and nonviolent video game play. Media Psychology, 10:135-156. 2007.

Bailenson J.N., Swinth K.R., Hoyt C.L., Persky S., Dimov A.E., Blascovich J. The independent and interactive effects of embodied agent appearance and behavior on self report, cognitive, and behavioral markers or copresence in immersive virtual environments. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 14:379-393. 2005.

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