Laurie Hursting, MA

Laurie Hursting
Cancer Research Training Award, Communications Fellow

Laurie Hursting, MA, is a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow with the Implementation Science team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. Under the mentorship of Sarah Bruce Bernal, Laurie works on health communication activities that increase the breadth, depth, and quality of dissemination and implementation (D&I) research in cancer control. In particular, she is supporting a new initiative to evaluate the communication platforms developed and hosted by the IS team with the goal of updating and redesigning online products to better serve the practitioner community.

Laurie previously worked as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in the UNC Weight Research Program and the Communication for Health Applications and Interventions Core teams. Her master’s thesis project for the UNC School of Media and Journalism established a set of practical guidelines, informed by theory and perspectives from practice, to facilitate the successful creation of impactful narratives pertaining to health.

She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with minor in creative writing, from Austin College, Sherman, TX, and master’s degree in mass communication (interdisciplinary health communication) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.