Suzie Carmack

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.

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Jay M. Bernhardt

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.

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Scott Ratzan

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.

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Elisia Cohen

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.

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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.



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Email: Phone: 703.993.8296 Address: Robinson Hall A 307B Fairfax, Va. 22030



Anne Maydan Nicotera (PhD, Ohio University) is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at George Mason University, where she teaches courses in organizational and interpersonal communication. Her research is grounded in a constitutive perspective and focuses on culture and conflict, diversity, race and gender, and aggressive communication, with a particular interest in healthcare organizations. She has published her research in numerous national journals. She has also published five books and several chapters.  She has developed a theory and associated measurement tool for a construct called structurational divergence, which describes the intractable organizational conflicts that can result from the simultaneous application of multiple meanings in intra- and inter-professional interactions. She is also interested in the application of structurational divergence models to cultural competence training for healthcare practitioners who serve traditionally marginalized populations.


Current Research

The examination of communication among nurses and other healthcare professionals, especially in hospital settings, and the unique organizational ...

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Erin Edgerton Norvell

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.

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Laura Siminoff

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.

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Brad Hesse

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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Kory Hallett

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).

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Symma Finn

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

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Martha Hare

Teaching and Research Interests
Rural healthcare
Intellectual disability

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Kelly Blake

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

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Patti Weber

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.

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Rob Logan

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

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Cynthia A. Vinson


Implementation Science web

Email: Phone: 240-276-6745 Address:


Dr. Vinson is responsible for working both within NCI and with other agencies and organizations at the international, national, state and local level to translate research funded by DCCPS into practice.

Dr. Vinson came to the DCCPS as a Presidential Management Fellow and spent three years rotating in various office across NCI including science planning, legislation and communication.  Prior to working at NCI, Dr. Vinson was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon where she served as a health educator.  Dr. Vinson was also previously a supervisor at the Kern County Department of Human Services in California.

Dr. Vinson holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration and Health Policy from George Washington University, a master in public administration/international development from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a bachelors in political science from California State University, Bakersfield.

Select Publications

Implementation science in cancer prevention and control: a decade of grant funding by the National cancer Institute and future directions. Neta G, Sanchez MA, Chambers DA, Phillips SM, Leyva B, Cynkin L, Farrell MM, Heurtin-Roberts S,Vinson C. Implement Sci. 2015 Jan 8;10(1):4. doi: 10.1186/s13012-014-0200-2. The U.S. training institute for dissemination and implementation research in health.Meissner HI, Glasgow RE, ...

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