Switzerland: National Representative Nicola Diviani (Deputy National Representative Suzanne Suggs)

Nicola Diviani is a SNF Ambizione Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Lucerne, Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy and at Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF), Human Functioning Unit, Person Centered Health Care & Health Communication Group. He is the Principal Investigator of a three-year project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aimed at providing new insights into the concept of critical health literacy. The project has the specific goals to i) identify the most important critical skills needed to appraise health information, ii) conceptually validate and operationally define the concept of health information appraisal, and iii) design and validate a usable tool to measure health information appraisal skills in the population.

Nicola holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Lugano. His main research interests include health literacy, (online) health information seeking, health empowerment, eHealth, and mHealth. In this context, he is particularly interested in studying how people’s limited ability to make use of the opportunities offered by (new) communication technologies may impact on different health outcomes (cancer prevention, vaccination, etc.) and in identifying viable ways to address this issue. He has been conducting research on these topics for several years at the Institute of Communication and Health of the University of Lugano, at Harvard School of Public Health, and at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.