Jay M. Bernhardt

Dean, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin
Founding Director, Center for Health Communication
Walter Cronkite Regents Chair | Everett D. Collier Centennial Chair

Dr. Jay Bernhardt is the 6th Dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and highest ranked colleges of communication in the country. He is recognized internationally as a visionary leader, respected scholar, and innovative scientist in the application of communication, marketing, media to public health, healthcare, and medicine. Dr. Bernhardt serves on numerous national boards and four editorial boards. He is a member of six honor societies and and has received numerous awards for his scholarship and leadership.

Scott Ratzan

VP Global Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Research Interests:  Public health, mobile health communication, and health literacy

Scott Ratzan has made major contributions to improve public health. Pioneer in health literacy and mobile health communication. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Member: Board of Scientific Counsellors, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Infectious Disease; RAND Health Advisory Board; Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health Advisory Board. Vice-Chair, health, Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Adjunct Professor, Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health. Appointments at Tufts Univ. School of Medicine and George Washington Univ. School of Public Health and Health Services.

Elisia Cohen

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Communication, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | eHealth | Health Promotion

Interests: communication strategies to improve cancer prevention and detection behaviors

Dr. Cohen's work has appeared in Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Health Communication, Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, New Media and Society, Qualitative Health Research, and Prometheus. She is also editor of Communication Yearbook.

Anne M. Nicotera

Chair and Professor, Department of Communications, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University

Dr. Nicotera focuses on health communication, nursing communication, communicative/interactive constitution of organization, race and gender, diversity, and culture and organizations.

Suzie Carmack

Health Communication Science Lead / Social Scientist, MITRE
Author, Strategist and Speaker
Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University

As a Health Communications Lead at the MITRE corporation, I enjoy designing evidence-based communications strategy for U.S. government sponsors. As a non-profit organization, MITRE operates Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC's) in the public trust. At MITRE, I work to ensure that our internal (CDC programs) and external (public health partners) communication efforts optimize stakeholder engagement.  As a scholar, I coach young scholars to see the world from multiple points of view, and bring my research on the sciences of communication and well-being to the classroom.

Erin Edgerton Norvell

Founder & Principal Strategist at Digital Edge Communications

Executive Director, Society for Health Communication

I am a senior health marketing and communication professional with more than 10 years of experience working with mission-driven organizations to develop and implement innovative communication strategies that improve public health and safety, raise awareness for critical public health issues, and integrate digital and traditional media channels for maximum health impact. I'm also a champion for innovation and experienced in fostering strategic internal and external partnerships.

Laura Siminoff

Dean, College of Public Health, Temple University
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Science

Research Interests: Health Communication, social and behavioral health

Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D., joined Temple University in March, 2014 following her tenure as professor and founding chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Health in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine, where she also served as associate director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Massey Cancer Center.

As a nationally recognized public health social scientist, Dr. Siminoff’s research focuses on cancer treatment decision-making, informed consent, health communication, health disparities, bioethics, and issues of organ and tissue donation. She is a leader in multimethod research, applying empirical social science methods to bioethics-related issues.

Brad Hesse

Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute

Research Interests: Health communication, behavioral research, informatics research, human system integration

Hesse was appointed Chief of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) in November, 2006. He served as the Acting Chief of HCIRB from 2004-06.

Brad’s professional focus is bringing the power of health information technologies to bear on the problem of eliminating death and suffering from cancer, a cause to which he remains steadfastly dedicated.

While at the NCI, he has championed several initiatives that evaluate and progress the science of cancer communication and informatics, including the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) and the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication (CECCR).

Kory Hallett

Program Manager, Small Business Innovation Research Development Center at the National Cancer Institute

Kory manages program evaluation for the Development Center, and provides program support in the areas of immunology, immunotherapy, and monoclonal antibody technology. She also participates in the Center's many initiatives to support the development of innovative cancer technologies. Kory joined the NCI SBIR Development Center in 2014 as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Symma Finn

Health Scientist Administrator, Population Health Branch (PHB), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Areas of Specialty:

  • Social and behavioral research
  • Community-engaged and community resilience research
  • Health disparities
  • Environmental health literacy and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education
  • Environmental and Genomic Data sharing
  • Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia
  • Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Program

Martha Hare

Scientific Review Officer, Center for Science Review, National Institutes of Health

Teaching and Research Interests
Rural healthcare
Intellectual disability

Kelly Blake

Program Director, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Kelly Blake, Sc.D., is a Health Scientist and Program Director in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB). She serves as part of the management team for NCI's Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) and conducts research examining how media exposure influences health behavior and attitudes toward public health policy. She also examines social determinates of health, primarily focusing on how communication inequalities and knowledge gaps exacerbate health disparities among disadvantaged populations.

Research Area: Media effects, social epidemiology, communication inequality, public health policy, tobacco control, survey research methods

Patti Weber

Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute

Dr Weber manages SBIR & STTR grants and contracts focused in the areas cancer prevention, digital health, and cancer therapeutics, including small molecule, immunotherapeutics, and biologics.

She provides oversight throughout the award period and mentors awardees in their technology goals and commercialization strategy.

Rob Logan

Communications Research Scientist, National Library of Medicine
Producer, NLM Director's Podcast

Robert A. Logan Ph.D. is a member of the senior staff of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

Research Interests:
Health literacy, consumer health informatics evaluation, public understanding of science and medicine, theory and applications of Q methodology, and journalism ethics.strategic communication

Cynthia A. Vinson

Senior Adviser, Implementation Science, Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

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