The symbolic processes of communication relate to how people experience health and wellness, physical and mental illnesses, and the human body. Communication among family members, friends, co-workers, physicians, nurses, and others influences well-being at individual and group levels; in turn, health conditions have implications for communicative practices.
Research questions regarding health communication include how and why people talk about health and illness, how organizations structure and deliver care, how health information is conveyed via new technologies, and how societies construct policies and discourses about illness, health, and healing.
CMS 367 Health Communication
Dailey, R. M., Richards, A. A., & Kluever Romo, L. (May, 2009). Messages from significant others about weight management: The role of confirmation in weight management attitudes and behaviors. Paper to be presented at the International Communication Association Conference. Chicago, IL.
Donovan-Kicken, E. (2008, November). Couples' talk about breast cancer: Links between social support and psychological adjustment. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Donovan-Kicken, E., & Bute, J. J. (2008). Uncertainty of social network members in the case of communication-debilitating illness or injury. Qualitative Health Research, 18, 5-18.
Caughlin, J. P., Brashers, D. E., Ramey, M. E., Kosenko, K. A., Donovan-Kicken, E., & Bute, J. J. (2008). The message design logics of responses to HIV disclosures. Human Communication Research, 34, 655-684.
Stephens, K. K., Rimal, R. N., & Flora, J. (2004) Expanding the reach of health campaigns: Community organizations as metachannels for the dissemination of health information. Journal of Health Communication, 9, 97-111.
Stephens, K. K., D'Urso, S. C., & Holmes, P. (2006). The Sulzer hip replacement recall crisis: A patient's perspective. In S. May (Ed.). Case studies in organizational communication: Ethical perspectives and practices (pp. 125-138). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Dailey, R. M., Romo, L. K., & Thompson, C. M. (2011). Confirmation in couples’ communication about weight management: An analysis of how both partners contribute to individuals’ health behaviors and conversational outcomes. Human Communication Research, 37, 553-582.
Dailey, R. M., McCracken, A. A., & Romo, L. K. (2011). Confirmation and weight management: Predicting effective levels of acceptance and challenge. Communication Monographs, 78, 185-211.
Mary Smith (2006) - Fostering psychological safety through facework: The importance of the effective delivery of performance feedback [in a hospital setting]
Melody Chatelle (2004) - From the mouths of babes: Narratives of children and young people with advanced or terminal illnesses (nominated for Dissertation of the Year Award at The University of Texas at Austin; adapted into a book from LangMarc Publishing, July 2008: Journeys of Heartache and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses)
Richards, Andrea. (2009). Romantic Partner Communication about Weight Management: Impact of Personal and Relational Characteristics on Message Interpretation and Health Attitude Outcomes
In designing their programs of study, graduate students also have opportunities to include coursework from highly regarded campus units such as the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Department of Psychology, Department of Advertising, and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.