Office: 241 Grehan Bldg
Email: Kevin.Real [at] uky.edu
Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/real
M.A. 1998, Ph.D. 2002, Texas A&M University
Organizational communication, health communication, group communication, research methods
Kevin Real, PhD, is Associate Professor and the Douglas and Carole Boyd Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky. His research interests involve communication in healthcare organizations, implementation of quality improvement processes such as Appreciative Inquiry in organizations, and occupational safety and health. His research has been published in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, AI Practitioner, Communication Theory, Communication Research, and Human Communication Research. He has won numerous awards Top Paper Awards at national and international conferences. He has been recognized at the University of Kentucky with a Research Excellence Award and a Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Communication and Information.
Bill Eadie Distinguished Scholar Award, National Comminication Association 2010; College of Communication and Information Excellence in Teaching Award 2007; College of Communication and Information Excellence in Research Award 2004
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Real, K, Fay L., Isaacs, K., Carll-White, A., & Schadler, A. (2018). Using systems theory to examine patient and nurse structures, processes, and outcomes in centralized and decentralized units. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586718763794
Scarduzio, J. A., Real, K., Slone, A., & Henning, Z. (2018, in press). Anticipatory socialization, self-determination theory, and meaningful work: Examining parents’ and children’s memorable messages about work. Management Communication Quarterly
Real, K., Bardach, S. H., & Bardach, D. R. (2017). The role of the built environment: How decentralized nurse stations shape communication, patient care processes, and patient outcomes. Health Communication, 32, 1557-1570. doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2016.1239302
Fay, L.L., Carll-White, A., Schadler, A., Isaacs, K., & Real, K. (2017). Shifting landscapes: The impact of centralized and decentralized nursing station models on the efficiency of care. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal, 10, 80-94. doi.org/10.1177/1937586717698812
Real, K. Fields-Elswick, K., & Bernard, A. C. (2017). Understanding resident performance, mindfulness and communication in critical care rotations. Journal of Surgical Education, 74, 503-512.
Bardach, S. H., Real, K., & Bardach, D. R. (2017). Perspectives of healthcare practitioners: An exploration of interprofessional communication using electronic medical records. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31(3), 300-306.
Fay L. Carll-White, A., & Real, K, (in press). Emergency Nurses’ Perceptions of Efficiency and Design: Examining ED Structure, Process, and Outcomes Journal of Emergency Nursing
Real, K. (2016) Communication and generativity in Appreciative Inquiry practice: A review of recent peer-reviewed research. AI Practitioner, 18, 14-23.
Kim, S. & Real, K. (2016). A profile of inactive information seekers on influenza prevention: a survey of healthcare workers in Central Kentucky, Health Information and Libraries Journal
Trosten-Bloom, A. Noll Wilson, & Real, K. (2015). From â€œbestâ€ to â€œeven betterâ€: Rapid relational results at ARAG North America. AI Practitioner, 17, 57-67.
Guinther, L., White, A. C., & Real, K. (2014). One size does not fit all: A diagnostic post- occupancy evaluation model for an emergency department. Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) Journal, 7, 15-37.
Real, K., Kim, S. & Conigliaro, J. (2013). Using a validated health promotion tool to improve patient safety and increase healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rates. American Journal of Infection Control, 41, 691-696.
Hare, B., Cameron, I, Real, K. & Maloney, W. F. (2013). Exploratory case study of pictorial aids for communicating health and safety for migrant construction workers in England. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139, 818-825.
Real, K., Mitnick, A. D., & Maloney, W. F. (2010). More similar than different: Millennials in the U.S. building trades Journal of Business and Psychology, 25, 303-313.
Real, K. (2010). Health-related organizational communication: A general platform for interdisciplinary research. Management Communication Quarterly, 24, 457-464.
Real, K., Bramson, R., & Poole, M. S. (2009). The symbolic and material nature of physician identity: Implications for physician-patient communication. Health Communication, 24, 575-587.
Real, K. (2008). Information seeking and workplace safety: A field application of the risk perception attitude framework. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 36, 338-358. Recipient, Distinguished Article Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association (2010)
Real, K., & Rimal, R. N. (2007). Friends talk to friends about drinking: Exploring the role of peer communication in the theory of normative social behavior. Health Communication, 22, 169-180.
Real, K., & Putnam, L. L. (2005). Ironies in the discursive struggle of pilots defending the profession. Management Communication Quarterly, 19, 91-119.
Real, K., & Poole, M. S. (2005). Innovation implementation: Conceptualization and measurement in organizational research. In R. W. Woodman & W. A. Pasmore (Eds.), Research in Organizational Change and Development Vol. 15 (pp. 63- 135). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2005). How behaviors are influenced by perceived norms: A test of the theory of normative social behavior. Communication Research, 32, 389-414.
Rimal, R. N., Lapinski, M. K., Cook, R. J., & Real, K. (2005). Moving toward a theory of normative influences: How perceived benefits and similarity moderate the impact of descriptive norms on behavior. Journal of Health Communication, 10, 433-450.
Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2005). Assessing the importance of skin cancer: How question- order effects are influenced by issue involvement. Health Education & Behavior, 32, 398-412.
Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2003). Explaining the relationship between norms and behaviors: Implications for campaigns against alcohol abuse by college students. Communication Theory, 13, 184-203.
Rimal, R. N., & Real, K. (2003). Perceived risk and self-efficacy as motivators of change: Support for the risk perception attitude framework from two studies. Human Communication Research, 29, 370-399.
Dorsey, A. M., Sherer, C., & Real, K. (1999). The college tradition of Ã”drink Ã”til you dropÃ•: The relationship between studentsÃ• social networks and engaging in risky behaviors. Health Communication, 11, 313-334.
Real, K. & Pilny, A. (2017) Health care teams as agents for change in health and risk messaging. In R. Parrott (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing. New York: Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.517
Real, K., & Poole, M. S. (2011). Health care teams: Communication and effectiveness. In T. L. Thompson, R. Parrott, & J. Nussbaum (Eds.) Handbook of Health Communication, 2nd Ed. (pp. 100-116). New York: Routledge.
Johnson, J. D., & Real, K. (2007). Organizational implementation and integration of information technology. In A. Salazar (Ed.), Handbook of Information Technology in Organizations and Electronic Markets. (pp. 77-91). London: World Scientific Publishing.
Poole, M.S., & Real, K. (2003). Groups and teams in health care: Communication and effectiveness. In T. L. Thompson, A. M. Dorsey, K. I. Miller, & R. Parrott (Eds.), Handbook of Health Communication (pp. 369-402). Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.
Book/ Encyclopedia Chapters
Real, K. & Poole, M.S. A systems framework for health care team communication. (2015) In T. Harrison and E. Williams (Eds.), Communication, Health, and Organizations. (pp. 49-64). New York: Routledge.
Real, K. & Buckner, M. (2014). Interprofessional communication: Health care teams and medical interpreters. N. Harrington (Ed.), Health Communication: Theory, Method and Application. (pp. 147-178). New York: Routledge.
Real, K., & Street, R. L., Jr. (2009). Doctor-patient communication from an organizational perspective. In D. Brashers & D. Goldsmith (Eds.), Communicating to Manage Health and Illness (pp. 65-90). New York: Routledge.
Real, K. (2014). Health care teams. Encyclopedia of Health Communication. SAGE Publications.