Deborah Glik

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Deborah Glik
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Type of Faculty: 
Full Time
Contact Information
Room 26-081C, CHS
Areas of Interest: 

Health communication research including implementation and evaluation of an FAS prevention campaign; pretesting and scripting of bioterrorism preparedness messages; risk communication for environmental hazards; entertainment media advocacy in areas of childhood disease prevention, injury prevention, smoking, and disaster preparedness; development of multimedia health curricula for children, patients, and providers.

Deborah C. Glik, Sc.D. FAAHB, is a Full Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and completed her doctorate in behavioral sciences and public health at Johns Hopkins University in 1985.  She taught at the University of South Carolina before joining UCLA in 1991. She specializes in the planning, and assessment and evaluation of public health education campaigns, material development and popular media projects.  She has over 35 years of experience in conducting research on health behavior change, health communications, formative research, health and media issues, and program evaluation in a variety of settings. At present she has funded research and practice projects in both domestic and global contexts. 

Dr. Glik is skilled in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health education campaigns, materials development and using popular media for health communication. Her program evaluation expertise comprises both quantitative and qualitative research designs.  Substantive areas include disaster preparedness, immunization programs, infectious disease control, maternal and child health, injury control, and adolescent preventive care.  She has created curricula for youth audiences, conducted health and media literacy research, developed multimedia materials, used social media for disease prevention, and worked on numerous risk communication and entertainment education projects. As well she has conducted research on the effectiveness of bioterrorism and emergency response system measures for local state and federal agencies, and is currently working on a national study to assess public health integration with community based organizations for disaster preparedness. 

At present she has a number of funded grants and projects and works with a number of   media advocacy groups in Los Angeles who influence entertainment media production linked to health depictions. Current NIH funded research includes a project to influence adolescent health behavior using social media websites in California.  She has been the recipient of two NIH Fogarty behavioral science grants with partners in Senegal West Africa and  is currently funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates  Foundation to assess the impact of how people use the media for health information and specifically how transmedia and popular television programming in West Africa  is changing social norms linked health and wellbeing. She also works as a project lead on  for the UCLA Center for Population Health and Health  Disparities (CPHHD) on a community based intervention to change access to healthy foods in East Los Angeles.  She also has funded projects in Public Health Systems Research for Disaster Preparedness and Response (CDC) .

She and colleagues are engaged in an effort to recruit Los Angeles based entertainment writers, directors and producers to provide technical assistance to improve the production quality of a new French West African television serial dramathat addresses  health care issues  She often takes leadership roles in professional organizations and faculty governance at UCLA, serves on NIH study sections, advisory boards and reviews for academic journals. 

In her teaching and advising role Dr. Glik stresses the acquisition of practical, conceptual and analytic skills in health promotion, health communication and applied public health intervention research, so that research is focused on 'best practices', and interventions are 'evidence based'.



Selected Courses: 
CHS 211 AB - Program Planning Research and Evaluation for Community Health Sciences
CHS 282: Communication in Health Promotion and Education
CHS 288: Health in the Popular Media
CHS 292: Communication & Media Development in Health Promotion & Education
CHS 484: Risk Communication
CHS 100: Introduction to Community Health Sciences
Research in Media, Health and Society (Institute of Social Science Research Summer Institute)
Selected Publications: 
  • Garcia, GM Prelip PL, Glik DC. Eilers K. Alcohol Print Ads in One Low-Income Community in Central California: Occurrence and Women’s Perceptions,  California Journal of Health Promotion 2012, Volume 10, Issue 1, 68-80
  • Stajura M, Glik, DC  Eisenman, Prelip ML , Martel A , Sammartinova J Perspectives of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations about Partnering with Local Health Departments for Disasters International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2012 Jul;9(7):2293-311. doi: 10.3390/ijerph9072293. Epub 2012 Jun 28.
  • Massey PM, Prelip, ML, Rideau A, Glik, DC.  School -  based HIV prevention in Dakar : Senegal: Findings from a Peer – led Program  International Quarterly of Community Health Education.   33 ( 2) : 129 – 141 , 2012-1013
  • Carameli, K, Glik DC, Eisenman, DP, Blevins D, D’Angona B, Fielding J Planning for Chronic Disease Medications in Disaster: Perspectives from Insurers, Physicians, Pharmacists, and Patients Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 2013 Jun; 7(3): 257-65 doi:10.1001/dmp.2010.46 
  • Massey PM, Prelip, ML, Calimnim B,  Afifi A, Nessim S,Wongvipate-Kalev,  Glik DC Findings toward a multidimensional measure of adolescent health literacy. American Journal of Health Behavior  2013 May; 37(3):342-50. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.3.7.
  • Sammartinova J, Eisenman DP, Glik DC, Prelip ML, Stajura M, Martel A. The long and winding road: Finding disaster preparedness coordinators at a national sample of local public health departments    Public Health Reports. 2013 Sep;128(5):364-6.
  • Langellier, BA, Garza, JR; Prelip, ML Glik, DC Ortega, ANP.Corner Store Conversions: A Strategy for Reducing Overweight and Obesity in Food Deserts California Journal of Health Promotion 2013,11(3) :1-13
  • Gonzales R, Anglin MD, Glik DC, Zavalza C Perceptions about recovery needs and drug-avoidance recovery behaviors among youth in substance abuse treatment.J Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 Sep-Oct;45(4):297-303J Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 Sep-Oct;45(4):297-303
  • Gonzales, R., Anglin, MD, & Glik, D.C. Exploring the feasibility of text messaging to support substance abuse recovery among youth in treatment. Health Education Research, 2014 Feb;29(1):13-22. doi: 10.1093/her/cyt094. Epub 2013 Sep 14
  •  Glik DC, Eisenman DP, Zhou Q, Tseng CH, Asch SM, Using the precaution adoption process model to describe a disaster preparedness intervention among low-income Latinos. Health Education Research  s. 2014 Apr;29(2):272-83. doi: 10.1093/her/cyt109. Epub 2014 Jan 7.PMID:24399266[PubMed - in process]
  • Langellier, BA, Brookmeyer RR, Wang MC Glik DC Language use affects food behaviors and food values among Mexican-origin adults in the U.S. Public Health Nutrition  (r. 2014 Apr 3:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:24698136[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Gonzales, R., Ang, A., & Murphy, D., Glik, D.C., & Anglin, MD. Substance Use Recovery Outcomes among a Cohort of Youth Participating in a Mobile-Based Texting Aftercare Program, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2014. Feb 10. pii: S0740-5472(14)00028-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2014.01.010. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:24629885[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Ortega AN, Albert SL, Sharif MZ, Langellier BA,Garcia RE, Glik DC, Brookmeyer,R Chan-Golston A, Friedlander S, Michael L. Prelip " Proyecto Mercado FRESCO:  A Multi-level, Community-engaged Corner Store Intervention in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights: Journal of Community Health  2014. DOI 10.1007/s10900-014-9941-8 PMID:25209600
  • Glik, DC,  Eisenman, Prelip M , Donatello, I, Afifi A, Stajura,M, Sammartinova J .  Martel A. Reliability and Validity of the Assessment for Disaster Engagement with Partners Tool (ADEPT) for Local Health Departments  Public Health Reports  2014;129 Suppl 4:77-86. PMID: 25355978
  • Sharif, M, Rizzo, S., Prelip ML, Glik, DC ,  Belin, TR  Langellier, Kuo, A, Garza, JR  Ortega, AN, “The Association Between Nutrition Facts Label Utilization and Comprehension among Latinos in Two East Los Angeles Neighborhoods”  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014 Jun 25. pii: S2212-2672(14)00500-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.05.004. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:24974172
  • Glik, D, Massey, P, Gipson J, Dieng, T, Rideau A, Prelip M, Health-related media use among youth audiences in Senegal Health Promotion International 2014 Aug 11. pii: dau060. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 25113152
  • Sammartinova, J , Glik DC,  Donatello, I, Afifi A, Prelip M , Stajura,M,  Predictors of Successful  Inter–organizatonal Engagement  of Local Health Departments for Disaster Preparedness   American Journal of Bioterrorism, Biosecurity and Biodefence Volume 1 Issue1 - 2014  
  • Langellier, BD , Glik, DC,  Ortega,  A and Prelip, M. Trends in racial/ethnic disparities in overweight self-perception among U.S. adults, 1988-1994 and 1999-2008. Public Health Nutrition 2015 Aug;18(12):2115-25. doi: 10.1017/S1368980014002560. Epub 2014 Nov 20.
  • Sharif, MZ,. Garza, JR Kuo, AA, Glik DC, Prelip ML, Ortega AN Mobilizing Youth to Help Increase Market Demand for Healthy Food: Youth Perspectives on Healthy Food Access and Corner Store Makeovers in East Los Angeles. 2015  Public Health Reports 130 : 406-415. 
  • Sridhar. A; Chen A; Forbes ER; Glik DC. Mobile application for information on reversible contraception: a randomized controlled trial. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 2015 Jun; 212(6): 774.e1-7
  •  Alcalá HA, Albert S, Roby DH, Beckerman J, Champagne P, Brookmeyer R, Prelip ML, Glik DC, Inkelas M, Garcia R, Ortega AN. Access to Care and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, A Cross-sectional Study in Two Latino Communities. Medicine 2015 Aug;94(34):e1441. doi: 10.1097/MD.000000000000144
  • Alcalá HA, Albert S, Tabanino SK, Garcia R, Glik DC, Prelip ML, Ortega AN. Access to and Use of Health Care Services among Latinos in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights. Family and Community Health.39 ( 1) 2016 (in press)
  • Glik DC, Sharif , M, Tucker, K, Tejada, S.  Prelip, M, Ammerman, A, Keyserling, T Community engagement to support cardiovascular disease prevention in disparities populations: three case studies. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice   Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 2016, pp. 71-87 
  • Ortega AN,  Albert SL, Chan-Golston AM Langellier BA, Glik DC Belin, TR, Garcia RE Brookmeyer, Sharif MZ. Prelip ML Corner Store Conversions Did Not Change Purchasing and Eating Behaviors in Two Latino Food Swamps, BMC Public Health (2016) 16:389
  • DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3074-1
  • Chan-Golston A.M., Friedlander S., Garcia R.E., Santos R., Chen J., Prelip M., Glik D.C., Brookmeyer R., Belin T., Ortega A.N. Comparing Lay Community and Academic Survey Center Interviewers in Conducting Household Interviews in Latino Communities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 10 ( 3) Fall 2016, pp 435- 442.
  • Sharif, MZ, Albert, S, Lopez,G  Kuo, AA, , Ortega AN Prelip ML Glik D ,  The association between self-rated eating habits and dietary behavior in two Latino neighborhoods: Findings from Proyecto MercadoFRESCO  Preventive Medicine Reports  2016 Mar 11;3:270-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.03.002.
  • Kuo, AA, Sharif M Prelip PL. Glik DC Albert SL Belin T McCarthy WJ Roberts CK, Garcia RE, Ortega AN Training the Next Generation of Latino Health Researchers: a Multi-Level, Transdisciplinary, Community-Engaged Approach, Health Promotion Practice  2016 Sep 8. pii: 1524839916665091. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:27609622
  • Rachel J. Thornton, Crystal M. Glover, Crystal W. Cené, Deborah C. Glik, Jeffrey Henderson, and David R. Williams.  Evaluating Strategies ForReducing Health Disparities By Addressing The Social Determinants Of  Health. Health Affairs 3 2016 Aug 1;35(8):1416-23. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1357.
  • Bihan Tang , Qi Chenb,, Xiao Chen, Deborah Glik,  Xu Liua , Yuan Liua , Lulu Zhanga, Earthquake-related injuries among survivors: A systematic review and quantitative synthesis of the literature  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction Volume 21, March 2017, Pages 159–167 
  • Massey, P.M., Boansi, R.K., Gipson, J.D., Adams, R.M., Riess, H.,Dieng T, Prelip M, Glik, Dl. (2017). Human papillomavirus (HPV) awareness and vaccine receptivity among Senegalese adolescents. Trop Med Int Health, January 22(1):113-121 doi: 10.1111/tmi.12798
  • Weine, S,  Eisenman, DP,  Kinsler, J  Glik, D,  Polutnik, C  (2017)   Addressing Violent Extremism as Public Health Policy and Practice, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression(9:3, 208-221, DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2016.1198413 To link to this article:
  • Adams, R.M., Riess, H., Gipson, J.D., Massey PM Dieng T, Prelip M, Glik, D. (2017). Understanding Where and How Senegalese Adolescents and Young Adults Access Health Information: Results from a Mixed Methods Study Examining the Contextual Influences of Health Information Seeking Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health2017;10(2):116-148. doi: 10.1080/17538068.2017.1313627. Epub 2017 Apr 13. PMID:29628992
  •  Sharif M,  Albert SL,  Chan Golston, Lopez, G,  Prelip PL. Glik DC , Kuo, A, Ortega AN Community Residents Perceptions about Neighborhood Corner Stores in Two Latino Communities: Implications for Interventions to Improve the Food Environment. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 2017;12(3):342-351. doi: 10.1080/19320248.2017.1315329. Epub 2017 Jun 23.PMID:29147455Cohen AC, Zimmerman FJ, Prelip ML, and Glik DC. A smartphone application can reduce time-to-notification of sexually transmitted infection (STI) test results American Journal of Public Health. 2017 Nov;107(11):1795-1800. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303999. Epub 2017 Sep 21.     
  • Albert SL Sharif M Prelip PL. Glik DC Belin T McCarthy WJ Roberts CK, Garcia RE, Ortega AN A Corner Store Intervention to Improve Access to Fruits and Vegetables in Two Latino Communities" Public Health Nutrition. April 7, 2017 doi:10.1017/S1368980017001008Watson, Tyler, Malan Hannah, Glik, D. Slusser, W College students identify food literacy as a key strategy to address food insecurity on campus, California Agriculture Journal ( In press ) Rachel M. Adams, Beth Karlin  David P. Eisenman, Johanna Blakley , Deborah Glik Who Participates in the Great ShakeOut? Why Audience Segmentation Is the Future of Disaster Preparedness Campaigns International Journal of Environmental  Research and Public Health  2017, 14, 1407; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111407
  • Tang B, Deng Q, Glik D, Dong J, Zhang L A Meta-Analysis of Risk Factors for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults and Children after Earthquakes.Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Dec 8;14(12). pii: E1537. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14121537.
  • Adams, RM  Michael L. Prelip, ML, Glik, DC, Donatello, I, Eisenman, DP . Facilitating Partnerships with Community and Faith-Based Organizations for Disaster Preparedness and Response: Results of a National Survey of Public Health Departments. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. ess 2018 Feb;12(1):57-66. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2017.36. Epub 2017 Jul 24.
  • Janni J. Kinsler, Deborah Glik, Sandra de Castro Buffington, Hannah Malan, Carsten Nadjat-Haiem, Nicole Wainwright & Melissa Papp-Green A Content Analysis of How Sexual Behavior and Reproductive Health are Being Portrayed on Primetime Television Shows Being Watched by Teens and Young Adults Health Communication  2018 Feb 1:1-8.  
  • David P Eisenman, MD, MSHS Rachel Adams Cathy M Lang, PhD, MPH Michael Prelip, DPA, MPH Alina Dorian, PhD Joie Acosta, PhD  Deborah Glik, ScD,. Sarah Hunter, Ph.DPatricia Ebener, Matthew Chinman. A Program for Local Health Departments to Adapt and Implement Evidence-Based Emergency Preparedness Program American Journal of Public Health (in press ) 
  • Kinsler JJ, Glik DC, Sandra de Castro Buffington SDC, Hannah Malan H, Carsten Nadjat-Haiem C, Nicole Wainwright N , Erik Pena E, Melissa Papp-Green M. Pushing the envelope: The new normal in primetime depictions of sexuality on shows being watched by teens and young adults. Health Communication(in press)
ScD, Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
BA, Barnard College
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