Jacob Geller

Research Assistant
He/Him/His
jgeller@irtinc.us

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OVERVIEW

Mr. Geller is a Research Assistant at iRT. His work focuses on media literacy, particularly in the areas of sexual health promotion and substance abuse prevention. He has contributed to the development, testing, and/or evaluation of several programs in the Media Aware series. When not working, he enjoys building small fires and attempting to communicate with his dog. He is arguably the only member of the team who understands hashtags. Mr. Geller received degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of North Carolina.

BACKGROUND

B.A. (Honors), 2017, Sociology, University of North Carolina
B.A. (Honors), 2017, Political Science, University of North Carolina

SPONSORED PROJECTS

Federal Grants and Contracts

Current

National Institute of Nursing Research. Web-based Resource for Children and Adolescents about Clinical Research. R44NR019565 (Co-PI: Alison E. Parker; Co-PI: Tracy Scull). 3/20/2020 – 8/1/2020. The purpose is to develop and evaluate a web-based resource to educate adolescents about participating in pediatric clinical trials. Role: Research Assistant

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Mechanisms of Media Literacy Education for Promoting Relationship Health in Older Adolescents. R01HD099134. (PI:  Tracy M. Scull; Co-I: Christina Malik; Co-I: Janis Kupersmidt) 4/6/2020-3/31/2020. The purpose of this project is to conduct a three-arm randomized control trial with older adolescents (i.e., ages 18-19) attending community college to isolate the effects of media literacy education (i.e., Media Aware program) on sexual and relationship health outcomes and to examine the trajectory of media literacy education effects on sexual and relationship health over time. Role: Research Assistant.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Web-Based High School Media Literacy for Healthy Relationships. R44HD088254 (PI: Tracy M. Scull; Co-I: Christina Malik) 9/26/2018-8/31/2021. The purpose of this Phase II grant is to complete the development of a self-paced, highly interactive web-based program designed to provide high school-aged youth with comprehensive sexual health education using a media literacy education framework. An RCT will examine the effects of the program on adolescents’ media- and health-related outcomes. Role: Research Assistant.

Completed

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Parent-Teen Communication to Resist Unhealthy Media Messages. R44HD082968 (PI: Tracy M. Scull; Co-I: Christina Malik) 4/1/2017-7/31/2019. The purpose of this Phase II grant is to finish the development of and evaluate the efficacy of Media Aware Parent, a self-paced program designed to provide parents with media mediation skills, sexual health knowledge, and practice in parent-adolescent communication through a highly interactive web application. Role: Research Assistant.