About Us

We specialize in evidence-based health communication to help clients reach individuals, communities, and larger networks and populations.

Glen T. Cameron, PhD

Co-Director

Glen T. Cameron is founder and co-director of the Health Communication Research Center at the University of Missouri, and is a professor and the Maxine Wilson Gregory Chair in Journalism Research at the Missouri School of Journalism. He also has a joint appointment in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine to study patient-centered outcomes research. He has received many academic awards and honors. In statistical analyses of journalism and mass communication scholarship, Glen is cited as the most published researcher nationally in major refereed journals over the past five years. In 1996, he received the Pathfinder Award for Career Research Contributions from the Institute for Public Relations Research & Education. Glen’s research includes studies of public relations and news production, information processing of news and commercials, and tailored health news. He is co-author of the leading introductory text to public relations, Public Relations: Strategies and Tactics, published by Allyn & Bacon, now in its eleventh edition, with translations into nine languages. He has served as principal investigator or core director on nearly $70 million dollars in funded health and science communication projects, including currently participating in three federal Centers of Excellence.

Glen also has the distinction of commuting by bicycle over 46,000 miles and has used his contracting skills to build a cabin with his family in the Tobacco Root Mountains of Montana.

Andria Caruthers, MPH, MA

Communications Specialist

Andria Caruthers graduated with dual masters degrees in public health and journalism from the University of Missouri. She has a background in health promotion, health literacy, and strategic communication, and has worked on public health projects domestically and abroad. As a research assistant for Mizzou’s Department of Occupational Therapy she evaluated physician-patient communication and written materials for rehabilitation centers in Columbia and St. Louis. Most recently, she worked at a non-profit, People’s Hope Japan in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she contributed to the organization’s communication and outreach activities in Northern Thailand. She joined the Health Communication Research Center as a Smith/Patterson Fellow in June 2015.

Amy Dunaway, MPH, MA

Co-Director

Amy leads the Health Communication Research Center at the Missouri School of Journalism. Since 2010, she has expanded the scope and work of the Center to include childhood obesity and chronic disease prevention, as well as food security and international development. She has written and contributed to over $1 million in grants and contracts from sponsors such as HRSA, MFH and USAID. Prior to joining the Center, Amy led marketing communications at Boston University School of Social Work, and provided social marketing expertise on childhood obesity and substance abuse prevention projects with the Cambridge Public Health Department and Cambridge Prevention Coalition. She earned her MPH from Boston University and an MA from Emerson College.

Natalie Hampton, MPH

Sr. Information Specialist

Natalie is a senior information specialist at HCRC and a transplant from Southeastern Missouri. She has a rich background in public policy, advocacy and public health. Natalie has supported state and national campaigns related to policy change, particularly with underserved populations in Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Oklahoma. As a community-based behavior change practitioner, Natalie has extensive experience in field testing campaign messages and working with community-driven media firms. She also has led initiatives to increase health care access through telehealth and mHealth and has facilitated student-driven advocacy work through photovoice methods.

She has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Missouri and has taught in Ecuador and Spain.

Shelly Rodgers, PhD

Research Advisor

Shelly Rodgers is a professor of strategic communication at the Missouri School of Journalism. Her research examines the ways digital media allow us to create more effective advertising and, as a result, prod people toward healthier behaviors. She explores health behavior concepts and develops psychology-based theories that involve memory attention and attitudes. Shelly is particularly interested in the processes by which health behavior is shaped by the information and technology that people use every day.

Rodgers’ research examines the effects of interactive communications on audience processing, with an emphasis on how to use the Internet to promote healthy behaviors. She has examined cancer communication, smoking cessation/prevention and tobacco control. Rodgers’ research on interactive advertising has appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Communication, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Interactive Advertising, Marketing Research, Social Marketing Research and Journal of Health Communication.

Rodgers is nationally ranked as one of the most productive Internet advertising scholars and is among the 10 most cited Internet advertising researchers. In addition, she was the 2010 president of the American Academy of Advertising.

Jon Stemmle, MA

Senior Adviser

Jon is the former co-director of the Health Communication Research Center at the Missouri School of Journalism and an assistant professor of strategic communication. Since joining the HCRC at its founding in 2003, Jon led a variety of health communication projects on topics such as cancer prevention, health and science literacy, telehealth and photovoice. He now is an adviser to the Center and its projects.

His primary research interests involve health-related community-based participatory research, tailored health communication and non-traditional learning. Jon’s work in the area of strategic health communication has been presented to the CDC, European CDC, NCI and various health literacy groups around the nation. His research has been published in a wide array of journals including the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Management and Marketing in Healthcare and the Journal of Interactive Advertising.

Additional Center support is provided by a committed and talented group of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-candidates.

  • Jake Chiarelli
  • Tiffany Jerrod
  • Julia Mulligan
  • Danielle Myers
  • David Uhr

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