CHRC – GMU

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Source: Gary Kreps Anneberg lecture on Jan. 9, 2012

 

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.

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.

 

Information

Dept. webpages: communication.gmu.edu/research-and-centers/center-for-health-and-risk-communication

Email: hlthcomm@gmu.edu
Phone numbers: Communication Office: 703-993-1090; Gary Kreps, PhD: 703-993-1094
Address: Center for Health & Risk Communication
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 3D6
Fairfax, VA 22030

 

About

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.

 

Research Team

Director, Gary KrepsHealth communication/promotion, multicultural relations, social organizations, applied research methods, health informatics, communication campaigns, social changeFounding ScholarsDon M Boileau
Emeritus FacultyPublic speaking, classroom communication, intercultural communication, communication theories, rhetorical criticism, parliamentary procedureCarl Botan
Professor
Strategic communication as it is used in both public relations and strategic and emergency communicationXiaomei Cai
Associate Professor, MA Program Director, Undergraduate Honors Director
Children and media; Media effectsWarren D Decker
Professor, Debate Director

Michael Dickerson
Instructor, Director of Outreach & Internships
Public relations

Andy Finn
Associate Professor
Public communication, media systems

Tim Gibson
Associate Professor
Critical media studies, mass communication theory, and urban communication

Mark C Hopson
Associate Professor, PhD Program Director
Intercultural/Interracial Communication & Rhetoric

Steve Klein
Emeritus Faculty

Cross-platform journalism, sports journalism, history of journalism
Samuel Robert Lichter
Professor, Director; Center for Media and Public Affairs
Political communications, political sociology, and health and risk communication

Cindy Lont
Professor
Video-based production

Edward Maibach
Professor, Director; Center for Climate Change Communication
Climate change communication, public health communication, social marketing

William J McAuley
Emeritus Faculty
Aging, health and long-term care

Star A. Muir
Associate Professor
Rhetoric and technology, public communication, digital natives

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

Katherine E Rowan
Professor, Director; Undergraduate Program, Science Communication Certificate Program
Risk communication, science communication, public relations. Director, Science Communication Graduate Program

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

 

Video

How can we chart the future for digital health information systems?

Published on Dec 1, 2016 | FutureofHealthTech
Gary Kreps at 20th Future of Health Technology Summit at MIT

 

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