Health communication is the study and practice of communication strategies to improve health literacy and influence health behaviors. Health communication researchers conduct surveys and social media analyses to document current health issues; they also develop and evaluate real-world products to influence personal health choices. CRC researchers specialize in studying health beliefs and attitudes, bullying interventions, the effects of new media on personal health, and health information in news and on social media.
Hair, L. (2020, May). Narratives of Identity, Persuasion, and Legitimization in Medical Crowdfunding: The Case of IVF Campaigns on GoFundMe. Presented at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Virtual Conference).
Kuang, K., Connaughton, S. L., Linabary, J. R., Krishna, A., Vibber, K. S., Anaele, A., & Yakova, L. (2020). Extending Communication Campaign from Health to Peacebuilding: A Locally Driven Communication Campaign Approach as Part of a Peacebuilding Initiative in Liberia. Health communication, 35(8), 984–993. (link)
Allen, C., Roberts, M., & Andersen, B. (2019, March). Too direct?: A content analysis of direct to consumer social media tweets. Presented at the 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Andersen, B., Hair, L., Groshek, J., Krishna, A., & Walker, D. (2019). Understanding and Diagnosing Antimicrobial Resistance on Social Media: A Yearlong Overview of Data and Analytics. Health Communication, 34(2), 248–258. (link)
Andersen, B., & Parker Ward, S. (2019, May). From awareness to advocacy: A two-year analysis of prenatal and maternal health conversations on social media. Presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.
Cahill, T. J., Wertz, B., Zhong, Q., Donegan, J., Foreman, R., Manot, S., … Wang, C. (2019). Using social media to target hard-to-reach populations: The search for consumers of online raw DNA interpretation services. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(7). (link)
Krishna, A., & Thompson, T. L. (2019). Misinformation About Health: A Review of Health Communication and Misinformation Scholarship. American Behavioral Scientist. (link)
Roberts, M. C., Allen, C. G., & Andersen, B. L. (2019). The FDA authorization of direct-to-consumer genetic testing for three BRCA1/2 pathogenic variants: a twitter analysis of the public’s response. JAMIA open, 2(4), 411–415. (link)
Allen, C. G., Andersen, B., Chambers, D. A., Groshek, J., & Roberts, M. C. (2018, February). Twitter use at the 2016 Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health: Analyzing #DIScience16. Implementation Science, 13(1), 34. (link)
Allen, C., Andersen, B., Khoury, M., & Roberts, M. (2018). Current social media conversations about genetics and genomics in health: A Twitter-based analysis. Public Health Genomics, 21, p.93-99. (link)
Allen, C., Roberts, M., Andersen, B., & Khoury, M. (2018). Communication about hereditary cancers on social media: A content analysis of tweets about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Lynch Syndrome. Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication. (link)
Andersen, B., Hair, L., Groshek, J., Krishna, A., & Walker, D. (2018, May). Understanding and diagnosing antimicrobial resistance on social media: A year-long overview of data and analytics. Paper presented at the 68th annual conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.
Cahill, T., Mays, K., Donegan, J., Gil de Zúñiga, H., & Liu, J. H. (2018, August). Risk factors for cyberbullying victimization: A survey of adult internet users in 19 countries. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
Groshek, J., Katz, J., Andersen, B., Cutino, C., & Zhong, Q. (2018). Media use and antimicrobial resistance misinformation and misuse: Survey evidence of information channels and fatalism in augmenting a global health threat. Cogent Medicine, 5(1). (link)
Guo, L. & Hong, V. T. (2018, March). Media vs. reality: Who sets the public agenda on health?. The Agenda Setting Journal, 2, 3-24. (link)
Kim, J.-N., Oh, Y. W., & Krishna, A. (2018). Justificatory information forefending in the digital age: Origins of information confirmation and risky health behavior. Health Communication, 33, 85-93. (link)
Kuang, K., Connaughton, S. L., Linabary, J. R., Krishna, A., Vibber, K. S., Anaele, A., & Yakova, L. (2019). Extending communication campaign from health to peacebuilding: A locally driven communication campaign approach as part of a peacebuilding initiative in Liberia. Health Communication, 1-10. Advance online publication. (link)
Reich, J., Guo, L., Groshek, J., Weinberg, J., Chen, W., Martin, C., Long, M. D., & Farraye, F. A. (2018, September). Social media use and preferences in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Advance online publication. (link)
Andersen, B., Hair, L., Groshek, J., Krishna, A., & Walker, D. T. (2017). Understanding and diagnosing antimicrobial resistance on social media: A yearlong overview of data and analytics. Health Communication, 1-11. (link)
Groshek, J. (2017). Organically modified news networks: Gatekeeping in social media coverage of genetically modified organisms. In M. Adria and Y. Mao (Eds.), Citizen Engagement and Public Participation in the Era of New Media (pp. 107-121). IGI Global. (link)
Groshek, J., Basil, M., Guo, L., Parker Ward, S., Farraye, F., & Reich, J. (2017). Social media, social stigma: An examination of media consumption and creation in attitudes toward and knowledge of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Journal of Medical Internet Research 19(12): e403. (link)
Groshek, J. (2017, November). Healthy influencers? Social media use, misinformation, and health behaviour change. Featured speaker, Mobile and Electronic Health ARC’s 2nd Annual Symposium.
Groshek, J., Basil, M., Guo, L., Farraye, F., & Reich, J. (2017, May). Social media, social stigma: An examination of media consumption and creation in attitudes toward and knowledge of inflammatory bowel disease. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Groshek, J., & Zhang, Y. (2017, May). Does streaming online television hurt college students’ academic performance & personal health? Survey evidence. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Groshek, J. (2017, April). Netflix and ill? How streaming television and binge-watching might actually be good for you. Keynote speaker, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
Holt, M. K., Green, J. G., Tsay-Vogel, M., Davidson, J., & Brown, C. (2017). Multidisciplinary approaches to research on bullying in adolescence. Adolescent Research Review, 2(1), 1-10.(link)
Krishna, A. (2017). Poison or prevention? Understanding the linkages between vaccine-negative individuals’ knowledge deficiency, motivations, and communication behaviors. Health Communication, 33(9), 1088-1096. (link)
Nickerson, A., Feeley, T., & Tsay-Vogel, M. (2017). Applying mass communication theory to bystander intervention in bullying. Adolescent Research Review, 2(1), 37-48. (link)
Singh, V., Groshek, J., Basil, M., Guo, L., Farraye, F., & Reich, J. (2017, May). An analysis of social media use surrounding the approval of Ustekinumab (Stelara) for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease. Presented at Digestive Disease Week, Chicago, IL.
Wang, C., Cahill, T. J., Parlato, A., Wertz, B., Zhong, Q., Norkunas, T., & Cummings, J. J. (2017). Consumer use and response to online third-party raw DNA interpretation services. Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine 6(1), 35-43. (link)
Wang, C., Flynn, M., Thomas, N., Norkunas, T., Cahill, T., Parlato, A., Wertz, B., Zhong, Q., & Cummings, J. (2017, March). Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Genomics: Consumer and genetic counselor responses to online raw DNA interpretation. Presented to the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
Walsh, J., Katz, J. E., Groshek, J., & Andersen, B. (2017, May). Are you being served?: Communicating with power via mediated support channels. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Guo, L., Groshek, J., Farraye, F. A., & Reich, J. S. (2016). The 2015 annual American College of Gastroenterology meeting: Insights from a Twitter analysis. Gastroenterology, 150(4), S848.(link)
Kim, J., & Tsay-Vogel, M. (2016). Enjoyment and appreciation as motivators for coping: Exploring the therapeutic effects of media messages on perceived threat. International Journal of Communication, 10, 1786-1808. (link)
Reich, J., Guo, L., Hall, J., Tran, A., Weinberg, J., Groshek, J., Rowell, T.E., DiPalma, J., Farraye, F. A. (2016). A survey of social media use and preferences in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 22(11), 2678-2687. (link)
Guo, L., & Vu, H. (2015, May). The news tells us what is the most urgent health problem, but that is not reality: A longitudinal agenda-setting study 2001 to 2010. Presented at the International Communication Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Reeves, B., Cummings, J. J., Scarborough, J. K., & Yeykelis, L. (2015). Increasing energy efficiency with entertainment media an experimental and field test of the influence of a social game on performance of energy behaviors. Environment and Behavior, 47(1), 102-115. (link)
Vigil, T. R., & Wu, H. D. (2015). Facebook users’ engagement and perceived life satisfaction. Media and Communication, 3, 5-16. (link)
Lambert, C. A. & Wu, H. D.. (2014). Influencing forces or mere interview sources? How key constituencies shaped health care media discourse. Health Marketing Quarterly, 31(4), 312-325. (link)
Lambert, C. A. (2014, March.) Campus health inhibitors may harm the college/student relationship: A relationship management case study. Presented at the annual International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami, FL.
Valenzuela, S., Halpern, D., & Katz, J. E. (2014). Social network sites, marriage well-being and divorce: Survey and state-level evidence from the United States. Computers in Human Behavior, 36, 94-101. (link)
Aronowitz, T., Lambert, C. A. & Davidoff, S. (2012). The role of rape myth acceptance in the social norms regarding sexual behavior among college students. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 29, 172-182. (link)
Hudacek D., Kuruvilla S., Kim N., Semrau K., Thea D., Qazi, S., Pleasant, A., & Shanahan, J. (2011). Analyzing media coverage of the global fund diseases compared with lower funded diseases (childhood pneumonia, diarrhea and measles). PLoS ONE, 6(6), e20438. (link)