Georges Khalil

Georges Khalil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Business Phone: (352) 294-8415
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About Georges Khalil

Georges Khalil is a cancer prevention scientist and health communication specialist in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics. Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Dr. Khalil served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Instructor faculty at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Southern California (2010) and a Doctoral degree in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo (2015).

Dr. Khalil’s research interests are cancer prevention, digital technologies, and social interactivity. His work primarily focuses on the design and evaluation of entertainment programs and technology-based interventions that aim to improve clinical and behavioral outcomes related to cancer prevention and control among youths. He is particularly passionate about the application of games for health to bring about behavior change.

Most recently, his research has focused on tobacco prevention, exploring adolescents’ reactions to ASPIRE, a web-based smoking prevention program, and the study of young adults’ experience with a mobile health campaign for tobacco-risk communication. He has also conducted studies on Re-Mission, a video game designed to improve medication adherence among pediatric cancer patients and cancer-risk communication among young-adult college students. Funded by an R00 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Khalil is currently developing and testing social influence strategies for tobacco prevention and cessation among adolescents.

Dr. Khalil has presented at both national and international conferences including the World Cancer Congress and has been recipient of a variety of awards including the Early Career Investigator Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and a New Investigator Workshop Award from the American Society of Preventive Oncology.


Outstanding Trainee Award Nomination
2019 · Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
NIH Travel Award for Collaborative Research on Addiction
2019 · National Institute on Drug Abuse
Early Career Investigator Award
2018 · Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco – Europe
New Investigator Workshop Award
2016 · American Society of Preventive Oncology
NCI R25T Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Cancer Prevention Research
2015 · University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Top Student Paper Award in Health Communication
2014 · National Communication Association, Health Communication Division
NCI R25T Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award in Cancer Prevention Research
2013 · University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Competitively Selected Research at the Games for Health Europe Conference
2013 · Foundation of Applied Games
Teaching Assistantship Stipend
2012 · University at Buffalo, Department of Communication
Graduate Student Employee Union Doctoral Retention Enhancement Award
2011 · University at Buffalo, Department of Communication


Jun 2020 ACTIVE
Social Influence Strategies during a Web-based Smoking Prevention Intervention for Adolescents
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Principal Investigator

Contact Details

(352) 294-8415