Summary

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.

Information

Web: GMU page  Email:  kwrigh16@gmu.edu
Phone: (703) 993-1090
Address: Robinson Hall A 314
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Biosketch

Dr. Wright received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He 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, and his research appears in numerous journals such as Communication Monographs, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, and several other publications. Dr. Wright served from 2007 to 2010 as editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication published by the International Communication Association. He also serves on numerous editorial boards of various communication journals and is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international communication conferences.

Education

B.A. San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA (1992)
Communication

M.A.  California State University, Chico
Chico, CA (1995)
Communication

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK (1999)
Communication

Publications

Books

Wright, K. B., Sparks, L., & O’Hair, H. D. (in press). Health communication (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wright, K. B., & Webb, L. M. (Eds.). (2011). Computer-mediated communication in personal relationships. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Wright, K. B., & Moore, S. C. (Eds.). (2008). Applied health communication: A sourcebook. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Wright, K. B., Sparks, L., & O’Hair, H. D. (2007). Health communication. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Pecchionni, L., Wright, K. B., & Nussbaum, J. F. (2005). Life span communication. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Refereed Journal Articles

Mason, A., & Wright, K. B., & Bogard, J. (in press). Assessing cultural representations of physician and patient imagery in medical tourism websites. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 25

Wright, K. B. (2011). A communication competence approach to healthcare worker conflict, job stress, job burnout, and job satisfaction. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 33, 7-14.

Mason, A., & Wright, K. B. (2011). Framing medical tourism: An examination of appeal, risk, convalescence, accreditation, and interactivity in medical tourism websites. Journal of Health Communication, 16, 163-177.

Wright, K. B., & Miller, C. H. (2010). A measure of weak tie/strong tie support network preference. Communication Monographs, 77, 502-520.

Wright, K. B., Rains, S., & Banas, J. (2010) Weak tie support network preference and perceived life stress among participants in health-related, computer-mediated support groups. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 15, 606-624.

Wright, K. B., Banas, J., Bessarabova, E., & Bernard, D. R. (2010). A communication competence approach to examining healthcare social support, stress, and job burnout. Health Communication, 25, 375-382.

Moore, S. C., Wright, K. B., & Bernard, D. R. (2009). Influences on health delivery system satisfaction: A partial test of the ecological model. Health Communication, 24, 1-10.

Wright, K. B., & Frey, L. R. (2008). Communication and care in an acute cancer center: The effects of patients’ willingness to communicate about health, healthcare environment perceptions, and health status on information seeking, participation in care practices, and satisfaction. Health Communication, 23, 369-379.

Johnson, A. J., Wright, K. B., Craig, E. A., Gilchrist, E. S., Lane, L. T., & Haigh, M. M. (2008). A model for predicting stress levels and marital satisfaction for stepmothers utilizing a stress and coping approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25, 119-142.

Query, J. L., Jr., Wright, K. B., Bylund, C., & Mattson, M. (2007). Health communication instruction:  Towards identifying common learning goals, course content, and pedagogical strategies to guide curricular development. Health Communication, 21, 1-13.

Wright, K. B., Frey, L. R., & Sopory, P. (2007). Willingness to communicate about health as an underlying trait of patient self-advocacy: The development of the willingness to communicate about health (WTCH) measure. Communication Studies, 58, 1-17.

Wright, K. B., Bylund, C., Ware, J., Parker, P., Query, J. L., Jr., & Baile, W. (2006). Medical student attitudes toward communication skills training and knowledge of appropriate provider-patient communication: A comparison of first-year and fourth-year medical students. Medical Education Online, 11, Available: http: www.med-ed-online.org

Wright, K. B., & Patterson, B. R. (2006). Socioemotional selectivity theory and the macrodynamics of friendship: The role of friendship style and communication in friendship across the life-span. Communication Research Reports, 23, 163-170.

Wright, K. B. (2005). Researching Internet-based populations: Advantages and disadvantages of on-line survey research, on-line questionnaire authoring software packages, and web survey services. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 10 (3), article 11. Available:  http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol10/issue3/wright.html

Wright, K. B. (2004). On-line relational maintenance strategies and perceptions of partners within exclusively Internet-based and primarily Internet-based relationships. Communication Studies, 55, 418-432.

Wright, K. B., & Bell, S. B. (2003). Health-related support groups on the Internet: Linking empirical findings to social support and computer-mediated communication theory. Journal of Health Psychology, 8, 37-52.

Query, J. L., Jr., & Wright, K. B. (2003). Assessing communication competence in an on-line study: Towards informing subsequent interventions among older adults with cancer, their lay caregivers, and peers. Health Communication, 15, 205-219.

Wright, K. B. (2002). Social support within an on-line cancer community: An assessment of emotional support, perceptions of advantages and disadvantages, and motives for using the community. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 30, 195-209.

Campbell, K., & Wright, K. B. (2002). On-line support groups: An investigation of relationships among source credibility, dimensions of relational communication, and perceptions of emotional support. Communication Research Reports, 19, 183-193.

Wright, K. B. (2002). Motives for communication within on-line support groups and antecedents for interpersonal use. Communication Research Reports, 19, 89-98.

Wright, K. B. (2000). Perceptions of on-line support providers: An examination of perceived homophily, source credibility, communication and social support within on-line support groups. Communication Quarterly, 48, 44-59.

Wright, K. B. (2000). The communication of social support within an on-line community for older adults: A qualitative analysis of the SeniorNet community. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 1, 33-43.

Wright, K. B. (2000). Social support satisfaction, on-line communication apprehension, and perceived life stress within computer-mediated support groups. Communication Research Reports, 17, 139-147.

Wright, K. B. (2000). Computer-mediated social support, older adults, and coping. Journal of Communication, 50, 100-118.

Wright, K. B. (1999). Computer-mediated support groups: An examination of relationships among social support, perceived stress, and coping strategies. Communication Quarterly, 47, 402-414.

Wright, K. B., & O’Hair, D. (1999). Seeking and resisting compliance: Selection and evaluation of tactics in a simulated college student drinking context. Communication Research Reports, 16, 266-275.

Wright, K. B., & Scholl, J. C. (1999). Heuristic-systematic processing in the classroom. Communication Research Reports, 16, 203-212.

Wright, K. B. (1997). Shared ideology in Alcoholics Anonymous: A grounded theory approach. Journal of Health Communication, 2, 83-99.

Book Chapters

Wright, K. B. (in press). Computer-mediated support interventions for individuals living with health disparities. In G. L. Kreps and M. Dutta (Eds.), Reducing health disparities:  Communication interventions. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Nussbaum, J. F., Wright, K. B., & Pecchioni, L. L. (in press). Interpersonal communication: A life span perspective. In M. Knapp & J. Daly (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal communication (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wright, K. B., Johnson, A. J., Averbeck, J., & Bernard, D. (in press). Computer-mediated social support groups. In T. L. Thompson, R. Parrott, & J. F. Nussbaum (Eds.), Handbook of health communication, 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wright, K. B., & Averbeck, J. (in press). Comparative research methods in new media and computer-mediated communication research. In T. Hanitzsch & F. Esser (Eds.), Handbook of comparative research methods. New York: Routledge.

Wright, K. B., & Muhtaseb, A. (2011). Social support in computer-mediated personal relationships. In K. B. Wright & L. M. Webb (Eds.), Computer-mediated communication in personal relationships (pp. 137-155). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Wright, K. B., & Craig, E. A. (2010). Aggressive communication: A life span perspective. In T. A. Avtgis & A. S. Rancer (Eds.), Arguments, aggression, and conflict: New directions in theory and research, 2nd ed. (pp. 44-66). New York: Routledge.

Query, J. L., Jr., & Wright, K. B., Amason, P., Eichhorn, K., Weathers, M. R., Haun, M. R., Gilchrist, E. S., Klein, L. B., & Pedrami, V. (2009). Quantitative methods in applied communication scholarship. In L. R. Frey & K. N. Cissna (Eds.), Routledge handbook of applied communication research (pp. 81-105) New York: Routledge.

Wright, K. B., & Query, J. L., Jr. & (2008). On-line support groups among older adults with cancer, their lay caregivers and peers. In L. Sparks, H. D. O’Hair, & G. L. Kreps (Eds.), Cancer communication and aging (pp. ). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Wright, K. B. (2008). Increasing health-related social support: The role of new media. In J. C. Parker, & E. L. Thorson (Eds.), Health care and rehabilitation in America: Communication in the new media landscape (pp. 243-265). New York: Springer.

Wright, K. B. (2008). New technologies and health communication. In K. B. Wright & S. C. Moore (Eds.) Applied health communication: A sourcebook (pp. 63-84). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Query, J. L., Jr., Wright, K. B., & Gilchrist, E. S. (2006). Communication and cancer hospice care: Towards negotiating attitudinal and research obstacles. In H. D. O’Hair, L. Sparks, & G. L. Kreps (Eds.), Health communication and cancer (pp. 301-319). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Wright, K. B., & Frey, L. R. (2006). Cancer support groups. In H. D. O’Hair, L. Sparks, & G. L. Kreps (Eds.), Health communication and cancer (pp. 197-216). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Wright, K. B., & Query, J. L., Jr. (2004). On-line support and older adults. In J. F. Nussbaum & J. Coupland (Eds.), Handbook of communication and aging research, 2nd ed. (pp. 499-519), Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Wright, K. B. (1999). AIDS, agenda setting, and the elite media. An analysis of the Nightline and MacNeil/Lehrer guestlists. In W. Elwood (Ed.), Power in the blood: A handbook on AIDS, politics, and communication, (pp. 281-292). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Other Publications

Wright, K. B. (1998). Internet scavenger hunt. In L. W. Hugenberg & B. S. Moyer (Eds.), Teaching ideas for the basic communication course: Volume one, (pp. 153-158). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Published Book Reviews

Harter, L. M., Japp, P. M., & Beck, C. S. (Eds.), Narratives, health, and healing: Communication theory, research, and practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Reviewed by Kevin Wright (2006) in Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 25, 1-5.

Communication Yearbook, 25. Reviewed by James L. Query, Kevin B. Wright, & Eileen S. Gilchrist (2004) in Review of Communication, 4, pp. 106-113.

Ronald E. Rice and James E. Katz. The Internet and health communication: Experiences and expectations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Reviewed by Kevin B. Wright (2002) in Journal of Health Communication, 7, 79-81.

Presentations

Medical Tourism Interview

Multi-Channel Health Communication Applications Research

Thursday April 27, 2017
Fair Lakes Hyatt, Fairfax, VA
Organized by GMU Department of Communication

Panelists:

Xiaoquan Zhao, George Mason University
Kevin Wright, George Mason University
Kathy Rowan, George Mason University

Medical Tourism Aircast

DCHC 2017 Conference on April 29, 2017 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Fairfax, VA

Teaching

Spring 2017 Classes

COMM 304-001:
Fnd Health Communication
03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

COMM 100-017:
Public Speaking
04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Dissertations Supervised

Hyunkyung Oh, How Political Disagreement Leads To Participation: Comparing The First-Time Voters In The Case of 2014 Midterm (2015)

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