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Professor, Associate Dean for Research
Office: 273 Blazer Dining
Phone: 859-257-2295
B.A. 1986, M.A. 1987, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D. 1992, University of Kentucky
Specialties: Health communication, persuasive message design, tailored messaging, physician-patient communication
Nancy Grant Harrington (PhD, 1992, University of Kentucky) is Professor of Communication, Director of the Health Communication Research Collaborative, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information, and University Research Professor at the 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. She has been a principal investigator, co-investigator, or principal evaluator on several NIH-funded and CDC-funded studies totaling nearly $9 million. She has published more than 70 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). Dr. Harrington serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Health Communication, Prevention Science, and Science Communication. She served as guest editor for special issues of Journal of Communication (“Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities,” 2013) and Health Communication (“Message Design in Health Communication Research,” 2015). She served as chair to the Health Communication division of the National Communication Association from 2004-2005, and she is a founding member and steering committee member of the Society for Health Communication. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasive message design, health communication, communication theory, and research methods.
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