KCHC 2018 Invited Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bradford Hesse is Chief of the National Cancer Institute’s Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch. His 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, Dr. Hesse has championed several initiatives that evaluate and progress the science of cancer communication and informatics. Currently, he serves as director of the Health Information National Trends Survey; in this role, he is responsible for leading a team of scientists in the development and execution of a nationally representative, general population survey of American adults that systematically evaluates the public’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors relevant to cancer control in an environment of rapidly changing communication technologies. He previously served as director of the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication, an initiative that supports the research of four centers that aim to increase the knowledge of, tools for, access to, and use of cancer communications by the public, patients, survivors, and health professionals. Prior to his work at NCI, he conducted research in the interdisciplinary fields of human computer interaction, health communication, medical informatics, and computer-supported decision making.


The keynote address will be delivered the morning of April 13, 2018.

Preconference Speakers

Heather Brandt, Ph.D.

Heather Brandt Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in health promotion, disparities research, cancer screening, community-based participatory research, health literacy, and women’s health. Her work includes projects that have received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Dr. Brandt is a Core Faculty Member of USC’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program, which investigates and attempts to alleviate the stark health disparities present in South Carolina, especially those resulting in higher cancer incidence and mortality rates among members of the state’s African-American community.

Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D.

Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah Medical Center. Her training is in experimental psychology, primarily in the areas of cognitive and social psychology. Her research, which has been funded by VA, NCI, NIH, NSF, and the European Union, focuses on testing methods for communicating medical data to patients and providers, including the risks and benefits of cancer treatment, as well as the development and testing of decision support interventions. Dr. Fagerlin’s recent work examines the impact of patient decision aids on patient-physician communication, and tests multiple methods for communicating about genetic testing and infectious diseases such as the Zika virus, Ebola, and influenza.

Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH

Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH, is Director of the Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation, a behavioral and health services researcher, at Maine Medical Center Research Institute, as well as a board-certified general internist and palliative care physician at Hospice of Southern Maine. His research program focuses on understanding and improving the communication and management of uncertainty in health care, and his work bridges the disciplines of health services and behavioral research. To that end, Dr. Han currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the Maine LungCAPS Initiative, a statewide lung cancer prevention and screening program primarily funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and the Maine Cancer Foundation.

Janice Krieger, PhD

Janice Krieger, Ph.D., is Professor in the Advertising Department and Director of the STEM Translational Communication Center at the University of Florida. Her research on designing, implementing, and evaluating translational communication interventions in health and science contexts has garnered more than $10 million in grant funding, including work on several large grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Dr. Krieger co-directs the Recruitment Center at the UF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, which promotes research that improves awareness, understanding, and informed decision-making about clinical research participation, as well as the Dissemination Core of the UF Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network, which promotes the effective use of communication in disseminating science activities.


Preconference speakers will give presentations on April 12, 2018.