CHRC

Summary

The Center for Health and Risk Communication (CHRC) provides an important organizational framework for stimulating innovative health and risk communication research collaborations, health promotion intervention projects, and community interventions.

The establishment of the CHRC paralleled the development of innovative new health and risk communication graduate programs at both the Masters and Doctoral levels within the Department of Communication, as well as the development of a strong cadre of distinguished faculty scholars with expertise in health and risk communication.

Department faculty have received increased national and international recognition for their scholarship and growing external support for health and risk communication research and educational activities from a variety of government agencies and private foundations.

 

Information

GMU Webpages:  communication.gmu.edu/research-and-centers/center-for-health-and-risk-communication


Email:
hlthcomm@gmu.edu
Phone: Communication Office 703-993-1090; Gary Kreps,703-993-1094
Address: Robinson Hall A 339AB
Fairfax, Va. 22030

Director: Gary Kreps

Overview

Health and risk communication are areas of great interest and expertise within the Department of Communication and there are growing research and education programs at Mason in this area. Health and risk communication are important interrelated areas of study and application. Health communication examines the communication processes central to the delivery of health care and promotion of health, including health care provider consumer interactions, informed health care decision making, the provision of social support, the development and implementation of health promotion campaigns, and the uses of media and information technologies within the health care system. Risk communication examines strategic communication of serious health and safety risks to relevant publics, government officials, and first-responders, including media management, risk prevention, preparation, and response to health and crisis situations.

The Center for Health and Risk Communication (CHRC) provides an important organizational framework for stimulating innovative health and risk communication research collaborations, health promotion intervention projects, and community interventions. The establishment of the CHRC parallels the development of innovative new health and risk communication graduate programs at both the Masters and Doctoral levels within the Department of Communication, as well as the development of a strong cadre of distinguished faculty scholars with expertise in health and risk communication. Department faculty have received increased national and international recognition for their scholarship and growing external support for health and risk communication research educational activities from a variety of federal agencies and private foundations.

Active research collaborations have been established with leading health and safety scholars across George Mason University and many other national and international research centers. The Department has served as host for several distinguished international health and risk communication scholars who have engaged in collaborative research while at Mason.

The CHRC helps to connect the Department of Communication with a number of relevant external constituencies outside the university, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI’s) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, the NCI Cancer Information Service, the CDC’s National Center for Health Marketing, the AHRQ’s John M. Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health e-Technologies Program, the Coalition for Health Communication, and a number of other important federal agencies and private foundations). There CHRC will be a focal point for plans to establish an innovative new DC-area Research Consortium of Health Communication Programs with collaborations between GMU, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University.

CHRC is also a sponsor and organizer of the biennial DC Health Communication Conference. The 2017 conference is the 4th DCHC conference. To learn more about previous DCHC conferences, go here http://dchc.gmu.edu/

Research Team

Director

Gary Kreps

Health communication/promotion, multicultural relations, social organizations, applied research methods, health informatics, communication campaigns, social change

Founding Scholars

  • Don M Boileau

    Don M Boileau

    Emeritus Faculty

    Public speaking, classroom communication, intercultural communication, communication theories, rhetorical criticism, parliamentary procedure

  • Carl Botan

    Carl Botan

    Professor

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

  • Xiaomei Cai

    Xiaomei Cai

    Associate Professor, MA Program Director, Undergraduate Honors Director

    Children and media; Media effects

  • Warren D Decker

    Warren D Decker

    Professor, Debate Director

  • Michael Dickerson

    Michael Dickerson

    Instructor, Director of Outreach & Internships

    Public relations

  • Andy Finn

    Andy Finn

    Associate Professor

    Public communication, media systems

  • Tim Gibson

    Tim Gibson

    Associate Professor

    Critical media studies, mass communication theory, and urban communication

  • Mark C Hopson

    Mark C Hopson

    Associate Professor, PhD Program Director

    Intercultural/Interracial Communication & Rhetoric

  • Steve Klein

    Steve Klein

    Emeritus Faculty

    Cross-platform journalism, sports journalism, history of journalism

  • Samuel Robert Lichter

    Samuel Robert Lichter

    Professor, Director; Center for Media and Public Affairs

    Political communications, political sociology, and health and risk communication

  • Cindy Lont

    Cindy Lont

    Professor

    Video-based production

  • Edward Maibach

    Edward Maibach

    Professor, Director; Center for Climate Change Communication

    Climate change communication, public health communication, social marketing

  • William J McAuley

    William J McAuley

    Emeritus Faculty

    Aging, health and long-term care

  • Star A. Muir

    Star A. Muir

    Associate Professor

    Rhetoric and technology, public communication, digital natives

  • Anne M. Nicotera

    Anne M. Nicotera

    Chair

    Professor

    Health communication, nursing communication, communicative/interactive constitution of organization, race and gender, diversity, and culture and organizations

  • Peter M Pober

    Peter M Pober

    Professor

    Director of Forensics, Distinguished Service Professor, Performance studies, rhetoric, aesthetics, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication

  • Katherine E Rowan

    Katherine E Rowan

    Professor, Director; Undergraduate Program, Science Communication Certificate Program

    Risk communication, science communication, public relations. Director, Science Communication Graduate Program

  • Catherine Wright

    Catherine Wright

    Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

    My interests lie in the uses and applications of technology in communication, especially in terms of how new innovations are shared with others, as well as how students apply these out of the classroom.

  • Xiaoquan Zhao

    Xiaoquan Zhao

    Health Communication Minor Director

    Health communication, persuasion, media effects, information seeking, tobacco prevention, and climate change communication

Funded  Projects

Fall 2007

Assessing How Private Insurers Market Their Health Plans to Medicare Beneficiaries

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, awarded 2007-2008 ($100,000)

  • Gary L. Kreps, Principal Investigator
  • Xiaomei Cai, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Jim McAuley, Investigator
  • Ed Maibach, Investigator
  • Xiaoquan Zhao, Investigator

Proposal for Contract Training for the CDC School of Public Health Education and Communication

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, awarded 2006 for Fiscal Year 2007

  • Gary L. Kreps, Principal Investigator
  • Tim Gibson, Investigator
  • Carl Botan, Investigator
  • Xiaoquan Zhao, Investigator

Design, Develop, Evaluate and Distribute a Mulitmedia Health Literacy Training Program for HRSA Grantees Using an Interactive Web Site and Interactive DVD

Awarded 2006

  • John Begg, Principal Investigator, HRSA
  • Gary L. Kreps, Senior Scientific Consultant

Factors Affecting Utilization of Palliative Care Services

2006 Sigma Theta Tau International/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant Program, awarded, 2006.

  • Margaret Mahon, Principal Investigator, STTI
  • Gary L. Kreps, Co-Principal Investigator

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