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.

Kevin Wright

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

Interests:  social media and interpersonal relationships, life span communication, and interpersonal issues in health communication

Dr. Wright has focused much of his research on social support processes and health outcomes in both face-to-face and computer-mediated contexts. He is the author of five books, including Health Communication in the 21st Century and Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters.

Katherine E. Rowan

Director, Undergraduate Communication Program, George Mason University
Director, Science Communication Graduate Program

Dr. Rowan focuses on risk communication, science communication, and public relations. Her research concerns the public relations challenges of earning trust and explaining complexities in risk and crisis communication contexts.

Dr. Rowan focuses on risk communication, science communication, and public relations. Her research concerns the public relations challenges of earning trust and explaining complexities in risk and crisis communication contexts.

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.

Sergei A. Samoilenko

Instructor, Communication Department, George Mason University
Faculty Advisor, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Sergei Samoilenko's research focus is on public relations, crisis communication, reputation management, new media.

Carl Botan

Professor, Department of Communication, George Mason University
Affiliate, National Center for Biodefense, Center for Health and Risk Communication, and the Center of Excellence in Climate Change Communication.

Interests:  Strategic communication as it is used in both public relations and strategic and emergency communication

Xiaoquan Zhao

Associate Professor, Department of Communications, George Mason University
Director, Health Communication Minor

Interests: health message design and effects, evaluation of public communication campaigns, health information seeking, information disparities affecting vulnerable populations, news effects on health and risk perceptions, and the role of the self in health behavior and persuasive communication.

Emily Vraga

Assistant Professor and Political Communication Minor Director, Department of Communications, George Mason University

Interests: new media; political communication; media effects; disagreement

Dr. Vraga's research focuses on how individual predispositions and motivations influence the processing of media content, particularly in the evolving digital environment.

Christopher Clarke

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, George Mason University

Interests:  health and environmental risk perception, communication,  energy development, vaccine safety, and climate change

My research focuses on health and environmental risk communication. I study how people view contentious health and environmental issues; social-psychological factors that influence public opinion; how news media cover these topics; and why messages designed to engaging audiences on these topics succeed or fail. In the message effects area, I am especially interested in communicating scientific consensus in the context of risk issues that may be “settled” scientifically but remain socially contentious.

Susan Tomasovic

Instructor, Department of Communication, George Mason University

Interests:

Brenda L. MacArthur

Instructor, Department of Communication, George Mason University

Interests: intersection of health and instructional communication

Ms. MacArthur is interested in provider-patient and provider-provider communication and educating healthcare providers about the important role of effective communication and interprofessional communication when exchanging health information with patients and colleagues.

James Steele

Term Instructor, INTO Mason Communication Coordinator, GMU Department of Communication
Assistant Faculty Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta

Interests:  Public Speaking

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