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Dr Santosh Vijaykumar

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

Santosh is a health and risk communication scientist with research interests at the intersection of public health, behavioural science and new media technologies.

Specifically, he studies mobile and social media interventions for addressing global health challenges with a focus on tropical and infectious diseases. Santosh’s research analyses and evaluates the effects of both, bespoke innovations (like crowdsourced surveillance applications) as well as generic platforms (like Twitter and Facebook) on individuals, communities and health systems during infectious disease outbreaks. The research approach involves mixed methodologies, trans-disciplinary conceptualization and collaborations with policymakers, activists and the industry. His work, spanning the US, Singapore, Sri Lanka and India, has been published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour among others. 

Campus Address

Northumberland Building


  • Health Studies PhD September 20 2010
  • Journalism MA December 30 2005

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Barriers to older adults’ uptake of mobile-based mental health interventions, Pywell, J., Vijaykumar, S., Dodd, A., Coventry, L. Jan 2020, In: Digital Health
  • Communicating about infectious disease threats: Insights from public health information officers, Jin, Y., Austin, L., Vijaykumar, S., Jun, H., Nowak, G. 1 Mar 2019, In: Public Relations Review
  • Enhancing organizational health literacy in a rural Missouri clinic, Wray, R., Weaver, N., Adsul, P., Gautam, K., Jupka, K., Zellin, S., Goggins, K., Vijaykumar, S., Hansen, N., Rudd, R. 10 Jun 2019, In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
  • Managing social media rumors and misinformation during outbreaks, Vijaykumar, S., Nowak, G., Himelboim, I., Jin, Y. 1 Jul 2018, In: American Journal of Infection Control
  • Virtual Zika transmission after the first U.S. case: who said what and how it spread on Twitter, Vijaykumar, S., Nowak, G., Himelboim, I., Jin, Y. May 2018, In: American Journal of Infection Control
  • Zika reveals India’s risk communication challenges and needs, Vijaykumar, S., Sesagiri Raamkumar, A. 12 Apr 2018, In: Indian journal of medical ethics
  • Communication is key during a public health threat like Zika and India has fallen short, Vijaykumar, S. 31 May 2017, In:
  • Comparing State Legislative Aides' Perspectives on Tobacco Policymaking in States With Strong and Weak Policies, Wray, R., Weaver, N., Jupka, K., Zellin, S., Berman, S., Vijaykumar, S. 1 Nov 2017, In: American Journal of Health Promotion
  • Snake Alert Application, Fernando, O., Vijaykumar, S., Meurzec, R., Ngo, T., Jayasundar, K., Fernandopulle, Y., Wanniarachchi, V. Jul 2017, Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Digital Health - DH '17, New York, ACM

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Jake Pywell Start: 01/03/2018


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