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

PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, Wesleyan University

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.

Assessing the Effectiveness of Common Health Messaging Tactics on Self-Reported and Validated Vaccine Uptake: A Multi-Method Approach.
09/01/2023 - 08/31/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Matthew Motta, PhD
National Science Foundation


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  1. Motta M, Callaghan T, Lunz Trujillo K. "The CDC Won't Let Me Be": The Opinion Dynamics of Support for CDC Regulatory Authority. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Dec 01; 48(6):829-857.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37497881
  2. Callaghan T, Ferdinand AO, Motta M, Lockman A, Shrestha A, Lunz Trujillo K. Public Attitudes, Inequities, and Polarization in the Launch of the 988 Lifeline. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Nov 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37987198
  3. Motta M, Hwang J, Stecula D. What Goes Down Must Come Up? Pandemic- Related Misinformation Search Behavior During an Unplanned Facebook Outage. Health Commun. 2023 Sep 06; 1-12. PMID: 37674255
  4. Motta M, Motta G, Stecula D. Sick as a dog? The prevalence, politicization, and health policy consequences of canine vaccine hesitancy (CVH). Vaccine. 2023 Sep 22; 41(41):5946-5950. PMID: 37640567
  5. Goidel K, Callaghan T, Washburn DJ, Nuzhath T, Scobee J, Spiegelman A, Motta M. Physician Trust in the News Media and Attitudes toward COVID-19. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2023 Jun 01; 48(3):317-350.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36441631; DOI: 10.1215/03616878-10358696;
  6. Motta M, Benegal S. How pandemic-related changes in global attitudes toward the scientific community shape "post-pandemic" environmental opinion. Public Underst Sci. 2023 Oct; 32(7):907-925. PMID: 37204071; PMCID: PMC10200811; DOI: 10.1177/09636625231167735;
  7. Motta M. The pre-political origins and policy consequences of environmental justice concern. Politics Life Sci. 2023 Mar; 41(2):182-199. PMID: 36880544
  8. Motta M, Callaghan T, Lunz-Trujillo K, Lockman A. Erroneous Consonance. How inaccurate beliefs about physician opinion influence COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine. 2023 Mar 17; 41(12):2093-2099.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36822967; PMCID: PMC9939402; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.02.052;
  9. Motta M. Is partisan conflict over COVID-19 vaccination eroding support for childhood vaccine mandates? NPJ Vaccines. 2023 Feb 02; 8(1):5. PMID: 36732345; PMCID: PMC9892671; DOI: 10.1038/s41541-023-00611-3;
  10. Steven Webster, Adam Glynn, & Matt Motta. Partisan Schadenfreude and the Demand for Candidate Cruelty. Political Psychology. 2023.
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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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