Health Communication

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Health Communication
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Nancy Grant Harrington (PhD, 1992, University of Kentucky) is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky. She 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. She has been a principal investigator, co-investigator, or principal evaluator on several NIH-funded and CDC-funded studies totaling nearly $8.5 million. She has published more 60 journal articles or chapters in outlets such as Health Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Yearbook, and Health Education & Behavior. She is co-editor of eHealth Applications: Promising Strategies for Behavior Change (Routledge, 2012) and editor of Health Communication: Theory, Method, and Application (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Harrington serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Health Communication, Prevention Science, and Science Communication. She served as guest editor for special issues of Journal of Communication (“Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities,” 2013) and Health Communication (“Message Design in Health Communication Research,” 2015). She served as chair to the Health Communication division of the National Communication Association from 2004-2005. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasive message design, health communication, interpersonal communication, communication theory, and research methods. In 2012, Dr. Harrington was named as the inaugural Douglas A. and Carole A. Boyd Professor of Communication, and in 2016, she was awarded the National Communication Association Health Communication Division’s Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor Award.

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Bobi Ivanov (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is Professor of Integrated Strategic Communication in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at the University of Kentucky. He studies strategic message design, consumer behavior, and strategic communications. He has primarily taught marketing, communication, research, and strategic communication related courses in number of different departments/units. His main research interests concern social influence (persuasion and resistance) and message design, processing, and retention. Ivanov’s theoretical work focuses on the study of inoculation theory, images, and attitudes and their composition, hierarchical structure, and function as applied in various contexts including commercial, health, intercultural, instructional/educational, interpersonal, political, and risk/crisis management. His scholarship has appeared in numerous presentations (five top paper awards), books, book chapters, and journal publications such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, The International Journal of the Image, Communication Reports, Journal of Communication, Iowa Journal of Communication, The Global Studies Journal, Health Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Yearbook, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Central Business Review, Communication Research Reports, and Atlantic Marketing Journal, among other. He has also worked as a Market Research Analyst at Consumer Data Service (CDS) and Insight Market Research and Consulting (Insight). He remains an active research consultant with Insight.

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Jeff Huber is Director and Professor, School of Information Science, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky.  He has spent more than 25 years specializing in the provision of health information.  Much of his research focuses on health information outreach/health information literacy programming for marginalized or underserved populations.  His work has also focused on the social construction of various health conditions as well as issues associated with health information retrieval.  He primarily teaches courses related to his research agenda.  Huber received the College Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2011-2012 and the Medical Library Association Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award in 2016.

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