Research

Lurking as an Active Participation Process: A Longitudinal Investigation of Engagement with an Online Cancer Support Group

Han, J. Y., Hou, J., Kim, E., & Gustafson, D. H. (2013). Lurking as an Active Participation Process: A Longitudinal Investigation of Engagement with an Online Cancer Support Group. Health communication, (ahead-of-print), 1-13. Abstract: To better understand participation in computer-mediated social support (CMSS) groups...

Determinants of Parental Acceptance of the H1N1 Vaccine

Hilyard, K. M., Quinn, S. C., Kim, K. H., Musa, D., & Freimuth, V. S. (2013). Determinants of Parental Acceptance of the H1N1 Vaccine. Health Education & Behavior, 1090198113515244. Abstract: Although designated as a high-risk group during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, only about 40%...

Graduate Highlight: Shelly Hovick

Shelly Hovick, PhD Shelly Hovick completed her PhD in Communication in 2009.  She won the National Communication Association’s 2010 Dissertation of the Year in Health Communication Award for her work examining the predictors of information seeking about family health history.  She is currently a...

Recent Awards

Joe Phua, Ph.D. Joe Phua is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Communication in 2011 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of...

Designing Websites for Latino Audiences

Silvia Salazar to Present on Designing Websites for Latino Audiences Silvia Inez Salazar of the National Cancer Institute recently presented a seminar, “Designing Usable Health Webpages for Latinos and Other ‘Hardly Reached’ Audiences.” Ms. Salazar, a public health advisor in the National Cancer Institute’s...

Dr. Jennifer Monahan

Dr. Jennifer Monahan (Professor, Department of Speech Communication) Dr. Jennifer Monahan is interested in understanding how people make risky decisions. One program of research examines how young adolescents (high school freshmen) process anti-smoking messages. A second program examines how alcohol consumption affects communicative behavior,...

Health Literacy on Wheels

Health Literacy on Wheels This research project tests a model of Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteers/drivers as health literacy coaches for vulnerable older adults.   Meals on Wheels volunteers/drivers are providing patient communication tools—“Good Questions for Good Health” which are based on the widely endorsed...

Responses to Health Risks

Principal Investigator: Dr. Vicki Freimuth Co-Investigators:  Dr. Doryn Chervin, Dr. Lijiang Shen Macro International, Inc.: Ashani Johnson-Turbes, Thearis A. Osuji Research Assistants:  Shawna Harris, Shelly Hovick The goal of the multiple risk factors study is to understand more about how susceptible the southern poor believe they are to a...

Preconceptions of Health Message Bundling

Principal Investigators: Dr. Karen Whitehill King Co-Investigators: Dr. Vicki Freimuth There are a variety of preconception health messages that need to be communicated to women of child- bearing age. Research is needed to determine whether bundling or combining these messages can be done while maintaining communication...

Health Socialization of Adolescents

Principal Investigators: Dr. Bryan Reber, Dr. Hye-Jin Paek, Dr. Ruth Ann W. Lariscy Children in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi rank, respectively, 44th, 42nd, and 50thin the US on the high risk health behaviors index. Children in Georgia alone are twice as likely to die by age 14...