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.

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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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

Associate 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 current 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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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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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.