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Michelle L. Acevedo-Callejas

Michelle L.  Acevedo-Callejas

Data Scientist at Castlight Health and Doctoral Candidate in Health Communication

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16803


  1. B.A., Universidad del Norte, 2011
  2. M.A., Ohio University, 2015
  3. Graduate Certificate, University of Iowa, 2018
  4. M.A., University of Iowa, 2018
  5. Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated 2022

Michelle Acevedo Callejas researches how message design, source characteristics, and channel affordances interact to influence how individuals evaluate and respond to messages, specifically in the contexts of persuasive health communication and supportive communication. Methodologically, she employs experimental designs, structural equation modelling, web mining, and machine learning to advance the study of persuasive health communication. She minors in Computational Science. Michelle's work has been published in the journals of Health Communication and Computers in Human Behavior. She has presented at the Human Communication and Technology (Top Paper Panel, 2018), Interpersonal Communication, and Family Communication divisions of the National Communication Association and at the Interpersonal Communication (Top Paper Panel, 2018) of the International Communication Association. She currently teaches Effective Speech (CAS 100A). Prior to coming to Penn State, Michelle taught courses in Organizational Communication, Communication in Everyday Life, and Core Concepts in Communication.

Advisor: Dr. Andrew High