External Board


Rufus Barfield, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Central Florida 

Health communication and organizational communication 

Rufus Barfield is an associate professor of human communication at the University of Central Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Bowie University and a doctoral degree in organizational communication from Howard University. He has taught courses on business communication, conflict management and group dynamics. Barfield’s research interests are focused on health communication, and he is a past recipient of the Bayer Health Care Communication Grant.

Rufus has worked with the the Florida Department of Health help to show how all community-based organizations are not the same. In addition, Rufus worked  the Closing the Gap project and showed how rural communities in the state of Florida had high numbers of undocumented workers that required medical services but because of their status presented a challenge in meeting healthcare needs.

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David Buller, PhD 

Research Director, Klein Buendel

Health communication, health education

David is an expert in health communication, conducting research sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1979. David was previously a Professor at the University of Arizona, a Senior Scientist at AMC Cancer Research Center, and the Harold Simmons Senior Scientist for Health Communication and Vice President of The Cooper Institute – Denver.

Many of David’s current projects are centered on educating targeted groups about relatively small changes they can make in their lives that can save them from years of chronic illnesses. Avoiding extreme sun exposure, developing healthier eating habits, and avoiding cigarette smoke are the focus of some of David’s most recent and successful programs. His Sunny Days Healthy Ways program has been recognized as a national resource for complying with the CDC and American Cancer Society’s recommendations for skin cancer education.

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Judy C. Chang, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Health Communication, women’s health, preventative health communication

Dr. Chang’s work has been primarily focused on violence against women, specifically on issues regarding health care screening and interventions for intimate partner violence. She has participated in multiple collaborative groups exploring various topics in women’s health services and outcomes, and is currently expanding her research to examine patient-provider communication in women’s health and obstetrics/gynecology. Other research interests include preventive health education and screening as well as intervention for risky behaviors and stigmatizing conditions, and she has had experience with qualitative methodology and survey research. She co-developed and co-teaches a course on qualitative research methods through the Center for Research on Health Care. Dr. Chang is a core member of the Magee-RAND Women’s Health Initiative, a BIRCWH Scholar, a core faculty member of the Center for Research in Health Care, and she serves on the Steering Committee for the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Doctor-Patient Communication.

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Thomas Feeley, PhD 

Professor, SUNY Buffalo

Interpersonal and health communication

Thomas is interested in the identification, measurement, and testing of social influence processes in applied contexts such as health and organizations. One specific process he studies is the effect of mass communication campaigns on attitude change and behavior. His research interest is also in measurement in higher education, specifically in bibliometrics.

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HarringtonNancy Harrington, PhD 

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University of Kentucky

Health communication, interpersonal communication, and persuasive message design

Nancy Grant Harrington (PhD, 1992, University of Kentucky) is the Douglas A. and Carole A. Boyd Professor 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 close to 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).

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hesse_bradford_229207847Brad Hesse 

Chief, HCIRB

Health communication, behavioral research

Bradford (Brad) Hesse was appointed Chief of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) in November, 2006. He served as the Acting Chief of HCIRB from 2004-06.

Brad’s professional focus is bringing the power of health information technologies to bear on the problem of eliminating death and suffering from cancer, a cause to which he remains steadfastly dedicated. While at the NCI, he has championed several initiatives that evaluate and progress the science of cancer communication and informatics, including the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) and the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication (CECCR).

As director of NCI’s biennial Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), Brad is responsible for leading a team of scientists in the development and execution of this nationally representative, general population survey of American adults. HINTS, now entering its fifth iteration, systematically evaluates the public’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors relevant to cancer control in an environment of rapidly changing communication technologies.

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Craig LeFebvre, PhD 

Co-Investigator and Research Professor, University of South Florida 

Health communication, public health and social change

R. Craig Lefebvre, PhD is an architect and designer of public health and social change programs. He is chief maven of socialShift, a social design, marketing and media consultancy, Lead Change Designer at RTI International, and Research Professor at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida. An internationally recognized expert in social marketing, Craig has been involved with several hundred projects in global, national, state and community contexts. He is the author of over 70 articles and chapters and serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Social Marketing and Social Marketing Quarterly. Craig is a Founding Board Member of the International Social Marketing Association, a Fellow in the Society for New Communications Research and an elected member of the American Academy of Health Behavior. Dr. Lefebvre received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from North Texas State University and produces the blog On Social Marketing and Social Change [ http://socialmarketing.blogs.com].

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Rob Logan, PhD

Senior Staff, U.S. National Library of Medicine 

Health literacy, consumer health informatics evaluation, public understanding of science and medicine, theory and applications of Q methodology, and journalism ethics.strategic communication

Robert A. Logan Ph.D. is a member of the senior staff of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.  Logan was a professor, associate dean, and director of the Science Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism until January 2003. He joined the National Library of Medicine (NLM) within the (U.S.) National Institutes of Health in February 2003.

Dr. Logan is the project officer for several NLM research contracts, directs the Association for Health Care Journalists-NLM Journalism Fellows program, and participates in the National Academy of Medicine’s Health Literacy Roundtable. He writes, narrates, and produces NLM’s weekly ‘To your health’ podcast.

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ML ppMay O. Lwin 

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Strategic and health communication, digitally mediated health communication

May Lwin is an Associate Professor in Strategic & Health Communication at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. May is Associate Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and the Director of NTU’s University Scholars Programme.

May’s research projects involve the design, utilization and assessment of digitally mediated health communication systems to improve public health. May has won several research grants from external institutes and organizations in Asia. Her research on digital technology use in promoting physical activity and nutrition education amongst children and families is being piloted in numerous schools and a children’s hospital in Singapore. She also investigates how mobile media can battle infectious diseases. Her mobile and digital systems have effectively focused on vector and influenza efforts with health workers and the public in Singapore and Sri Lanka.

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John C. Pollock, PhD, M(I)PA

Professor, The College of New Jersey

Health Communication, International Communication, Mass Communication, Content Analysis, Survey Research, Research Methods, public health and social change

John C. Pollock, a Professor in the Communication Studies Department, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), received his B.A. from Swarthmore (political science), M. (I) P.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse (international public administration) and Ph.D. from Stanford (comparative politics/Latin America). He also studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a Ph.D. candidate. His current teaching and research interests include Health Communication, Human Rights, Journalism, International Communication, Mass Communication, and Research Methods.

Dr. Pollock has taught at Rutgers University and the City University of New York (Queens College) and has conducted research in India and Latin America (Colombia), serving as director of the Latin American Institute at Rutgers. Dr. Pollock serves on five editorial boards –Journal of Health Communication, Communication Theory,The Atlantic Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Sociology, and Mass Communication and Society (book review editor). He has authored, co-authored, or edited five books, among them: Tilted Mirrors: Media Alignment with Political and Social Change – A Community Structure Approach(Hampton Press, 2007); and Media and Social Inequality: Innovations in Community Structure Research (Routledge, 2013). Both books were selected as finalists for the Jane Jacobs Award for best book in urban communication by the Urban Communication Foundation.

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Scott Ratzan, MD, MPA

VP Global Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev 

Public health, mobile health communication, and health literacy 

Scott has made major contributions to improve public health. Pioneer in health literacy and mobile health communication. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Member: Board of Scientific Counsellors, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Infectious Disease; RAND Health Advisory Board; Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health Advisory Board. Vice-Chair, health, Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Adjunct Professor, Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health. Appointments at Tufts Univ. School of Medicine and George Washington Univ. School of Public Health and Health Services.

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Laura Siminoff

Laura Siminoff, PhD

Dean, College of Public Health
and Professor, Temple University

Health Communication, social and behavioral health

Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D., joined Temple University in March, 2014 following her tenure as professor and founding chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Health in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine, where she also served as associate director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Massey Cancer Center.

As a nationally recognized public health social scientist, Dr. Siminoff’s research focuses on cancer treatment decision-making, informed consent, health communication, health disparities, bioethics, and issues of organ and tissue donation. She is a leader in multimethod research, applying empirical social science methods to bioethics-related issues.

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