Academics who conduct research in the field of communication may do so to advance our understanding of how humans communicate or how advances in technology are changing the way we communicate. These researchers attempt to prove or disprove theories and models using varies types of communication research methodologies. There are also academics who conduct research with the goal of translating their findings into actionable outcomes that can be used for increasing social advocacy or fighting social injustices, improving communication between patients and providers in healthcare settings, or exploring how diversity and intercultural communication can impact and improve businesses.

To illustrate the exciting areas that communication scholars have explored through their research, and the impact their research has had on their communities, created this Scholarly Interview Series. In these interviews, we talk with professors and researchers who have published articles and books on their topics of expertise, who teach courses and developed innovative curricula in communication, and who are passionate about mentoring future generations of scholars in their field. Our goal is to help prospective students see the breadth and diversity of areas that can be studied in the field of communication and to connect them to professors currently conducting research in these areas.

Health Communication Research Interviews:

Interview with Angela F. Cooke-Jackson, PhD, MPH – California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson is an Associate Professor at CSU-LA, where she teaches classes in health communication and helped develop a new Health Communication concentration. She conducts research in communication’s role in community health amongst disadvantaged populations.

Interview with Elaine Wittenberg, Ph.D. – California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Elaine Wittenberg is an Associate Professor of Health Communication at California State University, Los Angeles, and a co-founder of the COMFORT Communication Project. She specializes in family-caregiver-provider interactions and health care team communication.

Interview with Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW – Tufts University

Dr. Skeer is an Associate Professor at Tufts University’s School of Medicine. Her research centers on adolescence substance abuse prevention and interventions, with a particular focus on how family communication can prevent and mitigate substance use in youth.