Faculty

Faculty Bios

Our faculty members are leaders in the field of health communication.

They are engaged in cutting-edge research and have been funded by and reviewed grants for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Cancer Institute, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), William T. Grant Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF), among others.

Teaching Faculty

Elizabeth Bigsby

Elisabeth Bigsby

Ph.D., University of Georgia

Elisabeth Bigsby studies persuasive health messages, such as anti-smoking campaigns, with a particular interest in how message features influence how people perceive and process information. Her overall interest is to understand how health information influences decisions to engage in health-related behaviors.

Prior to UIUC, Dr. Bigsby held positions at Northeastern University in Boston and the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Before completing her graduate studies, Dr. Bigsby spent three years working in the not-for-profit sector, including one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer.
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John Caughlin

John P. Caughlin

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research and teaching interests: family communication, privacy and secrets, disclosure of HIV/AIDS. Professor Caughlin recently received the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication from the National Communication Association.
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Louise Clark

Louise Clark

Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.F.A., University of New Mexico

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Simulation at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Research and teaching: clinical communication skills in health care trainee education, compassionate communication in health-related organizations, and the use of simulation methodology in health care trainee education. Her most recent research project examines an interprofessional simulation event designed to educate undergraduate medical and graduate nursing students on how to effectively assess and treat patients who have experienced military sexual assault. Administrative: Dr. Clark oversees a team of 6 full time Clinical Educators who manage more than 300 simulation events annually which utilize high fidelity manikins and standardized patient actors that role play with health care trainees in the United States Military. She is also a medical education consultant providing services including developing communication skills curriculum and creating and implementing simulation programs with organizations including: The Academy of Integrative Pain Management, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and a new medical school opening in 2019 as a collaboration between Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas in Fort Worth.

Elaine Hsieh

Elaine Hsieh

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma. Research and teaching interests: bilingual health communication, interpreters' influeces on health care services, and social support and health literacy for non-English speaking and/or minority patients.
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Timothy P. Hogan

Timothy P. Hogan

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Health Scientist at the Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care at the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago and a Research Assistant Professor within the Program in Health Services Research at the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago. Research and teaching interests: consumer health informatics, specifically individuals living with chronic conditions and how they access and use health information as well as the development of consumer health information services.
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Marian Huhman

Marian Huhman

Ph.D., University of Washington

Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research and teaching interests: interpersonal health communication, health campaigns, childhood physical activity and obesity. Professor Huhman previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she directed the $350 million Verb Campaign to increase physical activity among children.
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Sally Jackson

Sally Jackson

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research and teaching interests: argumentation, communication technology, research methods. Professor Jackson teaches health communication research methods courses.
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Leanne Knobloch

Leanne Knobloch

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison

Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research and teaching interests: relational uncertainty, interpersonal relationships and mental health. Professor Knobloch is engaged in cross-disciplinary research investigating the role of relational stability or uncertainty on outcomes such as depression.
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John Lammers

John Lammers

Ph.D., University of California at Davis

Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the HCOM program. Research and teaching interests: institutional theory, communication in health care organizations, and leadership. Professor Lammers consults with health care organizations, is the past chair of the Organizational Communication division of the National Communication Association, and is a past chair of the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association.
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Brian Quick

Brian Quick

Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Professor of Communication as well as the College of Medicine at the Universityof Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Associate Director of the HCOM program. Together, Professor Quick and his associates strive to save lives as well as greatly improve the quality of life for individuals by reducing the number of individuals currently waiting for an organ, cornea, or tissue transplant by way of designing, implementing and evaluating multi-media campaigns. His research also examines the role of cognition and emotion at work when processing persuasie health messages as well as portrayals of health issues to understand how these messages create, change and reinforce belief structures.
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Rachel Reznik

Professor of Communication Studies at Elmhurst College. Research and teaching interests: intercultural health communication, impact of reoccurring arguments on physical and mental health, narrative medicine, stigma, and shared decision-making.

Christine Skubisz

Christine Skubisz

PH.D., University of Maryland

Lecturer in the HCOM Program. Research and teaching interests: health message design, risk communication, persuasion, decision making, and behavior change. Professor Skubisz has worked with the National Cancer Institute, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Food and Drug Administration. She teaches health communication research methods courses in the HCOM program.

Lauren Weiner

Lauren Weiner

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor for the HCOM program. Her role includes designing and teaching courses, advising current and prospective students, providing professional mentoring for students and overseeing several administrative tasks within the program. Research and teaching interests: health and family communication, family communication and conflict, and family communication about genetic risks.
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Faculty Extenders

Camille Starkey

Faculty Extender for the Health Communication Online Master’s program for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research and teaching interests: health campaigns, patient and provider communication. In addition to her work as a Faculty Extender for the HCOM program, she works as a Patient Marketing Coordinator for DaVita – an international kidney dialysis company headquartered in Denver, CO where she helps design, implement and measure health campaigns aimed at improving education and quality of life for kidney dialysis patients.

Sean Wiliams

Sean Williams

M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Earned the HCOM degree in the first cohort of the program. He has nearly 15 years experience as a public relations and communication expert in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in both Washington, DC, and Springfield, IL, in constituent services roles and as a press secretary to several elected officials, and he has served as a media spokesperson for a large healthcare system. Currently, he is the development officer for the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and School of Integrative Biology at Illinois.