Matthew Motta, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of Minnesota

Pronouns: he/him/his

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy, & Management at Boston University's School of Public Health.

Previously, I was Assistant Professor of Political Science (American Politics, Research Methods) at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Before that, I was a Science of Science Communication postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (University of Pennsylvania). I was also based at the Yale Law School, where I was an affiliated postdoctoral scholar at the Cultural Cognition Project.

I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, where I was also a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. My research investigates the social and political determinants of anti-science attitudes, and assesses their health policy consequences. I then aim to use insights from this work to devise (and evaluate the effectiveness of) strategic communication efforts to correct health misinformation, and promote vaccine uptake.

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  1. Sylvester S, Motta M, Trujillo KL, Callaghan T. Vaccinating across the aisle: using co-partisan source cues to encourage COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the ideological right. J Behav Med. 2022 May 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35543897; PMCID: PMC9092938; DOI: 10.1007/s10865-022-00323-4;
  2. Callaghan T, Washburn D, Goidel K, Nuzhath T, Spiegelman A, Scobee J, Moghtaderi A, Motta M. Imperfect messengers? An analysis of vaccine confidence among primary care physicians. Vaccine. 2022 04 20; 40(18):2588-2603.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35315324; PMCID: PMC8931689; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.03.025;
  3. Stecula D, Motta M, Kuru O, Hall Jamieson K. The Great and Powerful (Dr.) Oz? Alternative Medical Media Consumption & Anti-Vaccine Views in the United States. Journal of Communication. 2022.
  4. Motta MP. The Pre-Political Origins & Policy Consequences of Environmental Justice Concern. Politics and Life Sciences. 2022.
  5. Callaghan T, Washburn D, Goidel K, Nuzhath T, Spiegelman A, Scobee J, Mogthaderi A, Motta M. Vaccine Confidence among Primary Care Physicians during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. Vaccine. 2022.
  6. Motta M, Stecula D. Quantifying the effect of Wakefield et al. (1998) on skepticism about MMR vaccine safety in the U.S. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0256395. PMID: 34411172; PMCID: PMC8376023; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256395;
  7. Callaghan T, Moghtaderi A, Lueck JA, Hotez P, Strych U, Dor A, Fowler EF, Motta M. Correlates and disparities of intention to vaccinate against COVID-19. Soc Sci Med. 2021 03; 272:113638.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33414032; PMCID: PMC7834845; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113638;
  8. Wynes S, Donner S, Motta M. Understanding the Climate Responsibility Associated with Elections. One Earth (Cell Press). 2021.
  9. Jansa J, Motta M, Herrick R. Finding DORI: Using Item Response Theory to Measure Difficulty of Registration in the U.S. and Its Impact on Voters. American Politics Research. 2021.
  10. Lunz-Trujillo K, Motta M. How Misinformation Access Drives Global Vaccine Skepticism. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 2021.
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2022 General Social Survey 2022 Module Competition: Winner
2021 APSA: Health Politics & Policy: Leonard S. Robins Award (Best Paper)
2021 Vox's The Weeds: Paper of The Week
2021 Module Competition: Most All-Time Reads, Conversation US Author
2020 American Political Science Association: Early Career Scholar Feature
2020 Oklahama State Universe: “Research at a Glance" newsletter feature
2019 Publons: Top Reviewer Award
2019 Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Scientists: "Faculty Scholar Spotlight" feature
2019 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR): "“PreventionWeb" feature
2018 Elsevier: Atlas Award
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Health Policy
Health Communication
Public Opinion
Survey Methods
Experimental Design
Public Policy
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