We hope you'll join us for KCHC 2016: April 14-16.
Registration will begin in January 2016.

KCHC 2014 Invited Speakers:

Preconference Speakers

Sheila Murphy, PhD

Sheila T. Murphy, Ph.D., is a Professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  Her research investigates how message factors (e.g., framing, channel, affective information), individual level factors (e.g., ethnicity, gender, self-efficacy, identification, involvement), and cultural level factors (e.g., social norms, beliefs) influence decision-making. For the past 10 years, her work has primarily focused on health-related decisions and on the role of narrative in shaping the publics knowledge, attitudes, and practices.

Robin L. Nabi, Ph.D.

Robin L. Nabi, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Communication at UC Santa Barbara.  Her research interests focus on the interplay between emotion and cognition in understanding the effects of mediated messages. Specific interests include the effects of discrete emotions on the cognitive processing and persuasive effects of social issue/health messages, the role of emotion in perception of risk and decision-making, and the effects of entertainment media on attitude and behavior change.

Daniel J. O'Keefe, Ph.D., is the Owen L. Coon Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. His research focuses on organizing and synthesizing the substantial body of work derived from persuasion studies—the effects of messages on persuasion and the distinctive problems associated with the development of dependable generalizations about persuasive message effects. His work seeks to derive and integrate findings from the large number of extant persuasion effects studies, especially through meta-analysis.

Xiaoquan Zhao, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University.  Dr. Zhaos research focuses on the design of effective messages for public communication campaigns, news effects on health, environmental and climate change perceptions, the role of attitude strength in persuasive communication, and the role of the self in health behavior and risk judgments.  Dr. Zhao is currently taking a one-year leave from George Mason University to work as a Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products.

Preconference speakers will give presentations on Thursday, April 10, 2014.


Keynote Speaker

Larry A. Green, MD, is the Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado.  He is a founding board member for Partnership 2040, a community based participatory research effort in the Denver area. He is a regular member of the Institute of Medicine and was a member of the committee that published the IOM report Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health; this report addresses institutional partnership issues that the Affordable Care Act is now necessitating.


The keynote address will be delivered the morning of Friday, April 11, 2014.


Donohew Health Communication Scholar Award Winner


Jeff Niederdeppe, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. Broadly speaking, his research examines the mechanisms and effects of mass media campaigns, strategic health messages, and news coverage in shaping health behavior, health disparities, and social policy. His most recent work seeks to advance theorizing about when and how narratives persuade, and the conditions under which various forms of strategic messages can undermine or enhance support for collective, multi-sector solutions to social problems.

Dr. Niederdeppe will make a research presentation on Saturday, April 12, 2014.