Anne Maydan Nicotera, PhD

Anne Nicotera, Faculty Chair, CHSS. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Conference Manager
Department Chair

Health communication, nursing communication, communicative/interactive constitution of organization, race and gender, diversity, and culture and organizations

Anne Maydan Nicotera (PhD, Ohio University) is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at George Mason University, where she teaches courses in organizational and interpersonal communication.

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Kevin Wright, PhD


Program Manager 

Health communication, social media and interpersonal relationships, life span communication, and interpersonal issues in health communication

Dr. Wright received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He has focused much of his research on social support processes and health outcomes in both face-to-face and computer-mediated contexts.

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Gary Kreps, PhD 


Atkin Award Planner
Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication 

Health communication/promotion, multicultural relations, social organizations, applied research methods, health informatics, communication campaigns, social change

Gary L. Kreps is a University Distinguished Professor of the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Communication Research, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Consumer-Provider Health Communication, Health Communication Campaigns, and E-Health Communication.

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Xiaoquan Zhao, PhD 

xz_head_shot Professor

Health communication, persuasion, media effects, information seeking, tobacco prevention, and climate change communication

Xiaoquan Zhao received his Ph.D. (2005) from the Annenberg School for Communication, the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on health message design and effects, evaluation of public communication campaigns, health information seeking, information disparities affecting vulnerable populations, news effects on health and risk perceptions, and the role of the self in health behavior and persuasive communication.

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Katherine E Rowan


Kathy Rowan is a professor of communication at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Her research concerns the public relations challenges of earning trust and explaining complexities in risk and crisis communication contexts. At George Mason, she teaches public relations.  Professor Rowan received her bachelor’s degree from George Mason’s English Department in 1975.