Amy Henderson Riley, DrPH

Assistant Professor

Amy Henderson Riley


901 Walnut Street
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Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-923-7583 fax

Amy Henderson Riley, DrPH

Assistant Professor

Research & Practice Interests

Health Communication
Mass Communication
Mixed Methods
Program Evaluation
Maternal and Child Health
Women’s Health
Global Health


Postdoctoral Fellowship, American University School of Communication
DrPH, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
MA, Columbia University Teachers College
BFA, The New School


  • Borum Chattoo, C., Feldman, L., & Riley, A.H. (2020). The role of different TV storytelling approaches in engaging U.S. Hispanic parents and caregivers around early childhood development. International Journal of Communication14, 24-45.
  • Riley, A.H., & Borum Chattoo, C. (2019). Developing multimedia social impact entertainment programming for Hispanics in the United States. The Journal of Development Communication, 30(2), 16-29.
  • Mercier, R.J., Senter, K., Webster R., & Riley, A.H. (2019). Instagram users’ experiences of miscarriage. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 135(1), 166-173. DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003621
  • Cunningham, A., Riley, A.H., Puskarz, K., & Frasso, R. (2019). Experiential learning: Moving from data collection to health promotion in one term. Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, DOI: 10.1177/2373379919885964
  • Riley, A.H., Sood, S., & Sani, M. (2019). Narrative persuasion and social norms in entertainment-education: Results from a radio drama in Mozambique. Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1606137

Master Certified Health Education Specialist


Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health


Health Communication
Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation


Dr. Amy Henderson Riley is an Assistant Professor at the Jefferson College of Population Health. A health communication researcher and practitioner, her work falls at the intersection of communication and public health, and focuses around the theory and practice of entertainment-education (EE), a social and behavior change communication strategy for individual and social change. Having worked in EE both domestically and in multiple countries around the world, she brings a global perspective to the classroom. Examples of her work include evaluation of radio, television, film, and live theater projects spanning public health topics including maternal and child health, women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, health disparities, and education. Dr. Riley earned her DrPH in Community Health and Prevention from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the American University School of Communication, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. She has published in top health communication journals and presented at conferences including APHA, SOPHE, the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, and the International Communication Association.