Gary Kreps

University Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication, George Mason University
Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication

Gary Kreps' areas of expertise include health communication and promotion, information dissemination, organizational communication, information technology, multicultural relations, risk/crisis management, health informatics, and applied research methods.

Dr. Kreps is an advisor to numerous health communications-related organizations including the Open Network Alliance onHealth Hubs.

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.

Nancy G. Harrington

Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky

Dr. Harringto  also holds an academic appointment in the School of Public Health and is a faculty associate of the Multidisciplinary Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

Dr. Harrington’s research focuses on persuasive message design in the health behavior change context, particularly as it relates to risk behavior prevention/health promotion and interactive, tailored health communication using computer technology.

Specialties
Health communication, persuasive message design, tailored messaging, physician-patient communication

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.

Elizabeth Glowacki

PhD student, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Health Care Deliver  | eHealth |  Health Promotion

Interests:  Provider-patient communication, the use of personal and electronic medical health records, messages about weight management and problematic substance use in romantic couples and families, the relationship between physical activity and cognitive performance, and health promotion efforts within schools.

Camella J. Rising

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Communication Doctoral Student and Graduate Lecturer, George Mason University

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Family Communication

Interests: health, lifespan, and family communication in the context of prostate cancer, breast cancer, and other serious illness

Denise K. Scannell

Chief Strategist - Health Communication, MITRE

Serves as chief strategist for MITRE's Health Communication capability and leads oversight of MITRE's health communication project work and research initiatives.

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Health Care Delivery | Health Systems | eHealth | Health Risk Communication | Health Promotion | Organizational Communication | Family Communication | Patient Communication |Health Policy

Interests: Social Support | Health Safety |Health Privacy

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).

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