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Brittany Rosen, PhD, MEd, CHES

  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I’m a researcher and certified health education specialist (CHES®) who focuses on decreasing vaccine-preventable diseases. I first developed an interest in vaccine-preventable diseases during my training in sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and sexuality education evaluation. Later, during my graduate training, I also became interested in strategies to increase vaccination rates, specifically human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates.

As a researcher for more than seven years, my interests have expanded to include provider-patient communication and theory-based behavioral interventions. I focus on developing, implementing and evaluating training tools using implementation science methods. My goal is to increase healthcare providers' skills and abilities in using evidence-based communication strategies to provide consistent and equitable care to patients.

For example, I was part of a research team that conducted a usability and feasibility evaluation of a novel HPV vaccine communication training program targeted to healthcare providers. This effort, funded by the Academic Pediatric Association, used a smartphone app (HPV Vaccine: Same Way, Same Day™) among a cohort of pediatric residents. The evaluation resulted in the app being described by residents as interactive, easy to use, succinct, informative, engaging and practical. It has the potential to provide a scalable training technique to promote effective HPV vaccine recommendation skills.

Since joining Cincinnati Children’s in 2019, I’ve been involved in several exciting research initiatives. I’m the principal investigator of a study evaluating a virtual reality curriculum that aims to increase providers' skills in using evidence-based HPV vaccine recommendation practices. I’m also co-investigator of a content and usability evaluation of web-based continuing education programs designed to help dental providers discuss HPV and oropharyngeal cancers. Studies like these allow us to identify user-centered training features and evaluate provider training interventions, so we can produce evidence-based implementation training strategies.

I’ve received several honors and awards, including the Emerging Professional Award from the American School Health Association (2016). I was also named a fellow of the American School Health Association (2018).


A Virtual Reality Resident Training Curriculum on Behavioral Health Anticipatory Guidance: Development and Usability Study. Herbst, R; Rybak, T; Meisman, A; Whitehead, M; Rosen, B; Crosby, LE; Klein, MD; Real, FJ. 2021; 4.

Usability Evaluation of the Novel Smartphone Application, HPV Vaccine: Same Way, Same Day, Among Pediatric Residents. Real, FJ; Rosen, BL; Bishop, JM; McDonald, S; DeBlasio, D; Kreps, GL; Klein, M; Kahn, JA. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2021; 21:742-749.

Sexual Network Patterns and Their Association With Genital and Anal Human Papillomavirus Infection in Adolescent and Young Men. Rosen, BL; Gorbach, P; Ding, L; Covert, C; Ermel, AC; Chandler, E; Malagón, T; Kahn, JA. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021; 68:696-704.

Assessment of Competency-Based Behavioral Health Anticipatory Guidance Skills Among Pediatric Residents: the Role of Virtual Reality. Real, FJ; Whitehead, M; Rosen, BL; Meisman, A; Crosby, LE; Klein, MD; Herbst, RB. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. 2021; 1-10.

School Health Service Provider Perceptions on Facilitated Interactive Role-Play Around HPV Vaccine Recommendation. Rosen, BL; Real, FJ; Bishop, JM; McDonald, SL; Klein, M; Kahn, JA; Kreps, GL. Journal of Cancer Education. 2021.

Usability matters for virtual reality simulations teaching communication. Real, FJ; Meisman, A; Rosen, BL. Medical Education. 2020; 54:1067-1068.

Social media engagement association with human papillomavirus and vaccine awareness and perceptions: Results from the 2017 US Health Information National Trends Survey. Rosen, BL; Wheldon, C; Thompson, EL; Maness, S; Massey, PM. Preventive Medicine. 2020; 138.

Awareness and knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination among adults ages 27-45 years. Thompson, EL; Wheldon, CW; Rosen, BL; Maness, SB; Kasting, ML; Massey, PM. Vaccine. 2020; 38:3143-3148.

High-risk adolescents’ sexuality education preferences based on Hispanic ethnicity. Maness, SB; Wilson, KL; Thompson, EL; Rosen, BL; Zingg, T. Sex Education. 2020; 20:1-10.

Factors associated with HPV vaccination before first sexual intercourse among female college students. Rosen, BL; Szucs, LE; Wilson, KL; Reyes, JV; Fontenot, HB; Smith, ML. HealthCom Media. 2020.