Issac Lipkus

Professor, School of Nursing and the Department of Community Medicine

Dr. Lipkus, a nationally and internationally known expert on risk communication, is engaged in development of more effective tools for this purpose.

He has applied theories of health behavior change, , with an emphasis on risk communication processes, to motivate changes in life style such as smoking cessation, diet and exercise. His work also includes the provision risk messages to increase breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

His recent research explores the risk communication strategies to affect waterpipe tobacco and cigarette use as well as colorectal cancer screening.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Holli Seitz

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Mississippi State University

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Health Care Delivery | Health Systems

Interests:   Health communication, Message effects, Media effects, Health equity

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

Laura Siminoff

Dean, College of Public Health, Temple University
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Science

Research Interests: Health Communication, social and behavioral health

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.

Professor, The College of New Jersey

Research Interests: Health Communication, International Communication, Mass Communication, Content Analysis, Survey Research, Research Methods

He has authored, co-authored, or edited five books, among them: Tilted Mirrors: Media Alignment with Political and Social Change – A Community Structure Approach(Hampton Press, 2007); and Media and Social Inequality: Innovations in Community Structure Research(Routledge, 2013). Both books were selected as finalists for the Jane Jacobs Award for best book in urban communication by the Urban Communication Foundation.

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Associate Dean
(Special Projects), College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Director, University Scholars Programme

Research Interests: Strategic and health communication, digitally mediated health communication

May Lwin is an Associate Professor in Strategic & Health Communication at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. May is Associate Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and the Director of NTU’s University Scholars Programme.

May’s research projects involve the design, utilization and assessment of digitally mediated health communication systems to improve public health.

Co-Investigator and Research Professor, College of Public HealthUniversity of South Florida

Research Interests: Health communication, public health and social change

R. Craig Lefebvre, PhD is an architect and designer of public health and social change programs. He is chief maven of socialShift, a social design, marketing and media consultancy, Lead Change Designer at RTI International, and Research Professor at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida. An internationally recognized expert in social marketing, Craig has been involved with several hundred projects in global, national, state and community contexts.

Thomas Feeley

Professor, Department of Communication, SUNY-University of Buffalo

Research Interests: Interpersonal and health communication

Thomas is interested in the identification, measurement, and testing of social influence processes in applied contexts such as health and organizations. One specific process he studies is the effect of mass communication campaigns on attitude change and behavior. His research interest is also in measurement in higher education, specifically in bibliometrics.

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Internal Medicine
Assistant Dean, Medical Student Research

Dr. Chang’s work has been primarily focused on violence against women, specifically on issues regarding health care screening and interventions for intimate partner violence.

She has participated in multiple collaborative groups exploring various topics in women’s health services and outcomes, and is currently expanding her research to examine patient-provider communication in women’s health and obstetrics/gynecology.

Research Interests: Health Communication, women’s health, preventative health communication

Senior Scientist & Director, Research at Klein Buendel

Research Interests: Health communication, health education

Many of David’s current projects are centered on educating targeted groups about relatively small changes they can make in their lives that can save them from years of chronic illnesses. Avoiding extreme sun exposure, developing healthier eating habits, and avoiding cigarette smoke are the focus of some of David’s most recent and successful programs. His Sunny Days Healthy Ways program has been recognized as a national resource for complying with the CDC and American Cancer Society’s recommendations for skin cancer education.

Associate Professor, Human Communication and Communication and Conflict, Nicholson School of Communication, University of Central Florida

Rufus Barfield is an associate professor of human communication at NSC. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Bowie University and a doctoral degree in organizational communication from Howard University. He has taught courses on business communication, conflict management and group dynamics. Barfield’s research interests are focused on health communication, and he is a past recipient of the Bayer Health Care Communication Grant.

Research Interests: Health communication and organizational communication

PhD candidate, Department of Communications, George Mason University
CEO and Chief Science Officer, Maguire Brain Health Sciences. LLC


Jeanine Guidry

Assistant Professor, Robertson School of Media and Culture, Virginia Commonwealth University

Interests: The role of social media and mobile technology in health, risk, and crisis communication.

Alicia Mason

Associate Professor, Pittsburg State University

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Medical Tourism Hub

Interests: risk/crisis communication spans organizational/business, public health, and environmental contexts

Dr. Mason is a former broadcaster, who worked with local media outlets KOAM and KKOW in SE Kansas, prior to receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

Jeffrey E. Herrick

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation Science in the College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Herrick is an exercise physiologist with extensive experience in analyzing biological mechanisms underlying cardiopulmonary responses in a wide range of clinical populations.

He is presently doing research on Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Muscle Fatigue.

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