Spring 2024 CHRC Virtual Seminar: Registration Information

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2024 CHRC Virtual Seminar Series featuring two outstanding scholars in science/health communication. To register for the event(s), please fill out this google form. The speakers’ bios can be found below. We look forward to seeing you at the events!

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Date/Time: May 3rd (Friday), 1:45-2:45pm, Online via Zoom
Talk Title: More than a Moderator: Thinking More Intentionally about Medical Mistrust    
Speaker: Dr. Lillie D. Williamson, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Bio: Lillie D. Williamson (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dr. Williamson’s research broadly examines the ways in which racial experiences and health communication interact to influence health inequalities. Much of her work investigates the effects and interactions of communication within and outside the clinical context and medical mistrust, particularly for Black Americans. She approaches this work grounded in three principles: a) medical mistrust is an adaptive response, b) her work is useless if it is not rooted in and reflective of lived experiences, and c) given the pervasiveness of racism and extraction, we must strive for more equitable research practices. Her current projects explore communication about medical racism, shared trust between clinicians and patients, and the creation of community-driven, culturally responsive science communication strategies and messages.
Date/Time: May 10th (Friday), 12-1pm, Online via Zoom
Talk Title: A View of COVID-19 Mandates through the Lens of Psychological Reactance Theory
Speaker: Dr. Steve Rains, University of ArizonaBio: Steve Rains is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. His research is situated in the areas of health communication, social influence, and communication and technology. He is interested in better understanding how and why messages influence people, particularly in health contexts and when using communication technologies. His work in recent years has primarily focused on social support, though he routinely studies digital coping, incivility, persuasion resistance, and related topics. He is especially interested in leveraging computational social science techniques to explore the dynamic communication processes involved in these phenomena.