Sherine Eltoukhy, PhD, is a postdoctoral research associate at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her doctorate from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the School of Mass Communication at Cairo University, Egypt. Eltoukhy also holds an interdisciplinary health communication certificate from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Eltoukhy studies how people consume health messages and how that affects their health decision making and behaviors. She is particularly interested in how people perceive personal health risks and the psychological mechanisms that govern the processing of risk information. She is also interested in how people manage informational and emotional health uncertainties and its implications for health decision making.
Before returning to graduate school, Sherine worked for ten years in developing and evaluating communication campaigns for Egyptian non-profits funded by international organizations. In addition, she has teaching and professional experience in television production, which allows her to design and produce health messages.