Ph.D. in Health Communication
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI? After graduating from DePauw University, I entered Corporate America but knew I’d return back to the university setting to obtain a graduate degree – I just needed time in the “real world” to determine what path that would be. I worked in marketing and communications for three years, and then choose to attend IUPUI, because it had a Master’s program in Applied Communication from the School of Liberal Arts. I wanted a program that could challenge my skills as well as grow new ones. While in the program, I found my passion for health communication. As an undergraduate, I was on track to attend medical school until I decided that was not the career I wanted. So, in a way, the program at IUPUI brought my love of health and communication together. After graduating with my Masters in Applied Communication, I continued on in the PhD Health Communication program.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
I am most proud of being named a finalist (top three) for the National Communication Association, Health Communication Division “Thesis of the Year” award. I wrote my thesis on communication effectiveness in interprofessional healthcare teams, and it was great to be recognized by reviewers for its significance.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
Indy has its own personality and Midwest charm. I enjoy the world class restaurants, big-name concerts all year long, sporting events, local coffee shops, and the art and culture scene – Mass Ave, Fountain Square, and first Fridays. But most of all, I enjoy the walkability of downtown and the friendliness of the people.
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
As a graduate student, I am a research assistant for the Communication Studies faculty. I work on a wide range of projects, which allows me to explore areas of the discipline that I have not been exposed to yet. My research projects and interests have focused on how communication is used in interprofessional healthcare teams, specifically family medicine. I am passionate about giving back to the IUPUI campus and volunteering around Indy. Some activities I’m involved in are:
- President, Graduate and Professional Student Government
- President, Graduate Communication Club
- AcademyHealth Member, IUPUI chapter
- Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals scholar
- Emerging Scholars of College Instruction fellow
- Indiana Rural Health Association fellow
- Junior League of Indianapolis member
- Alpha Chi Omega Facilities Operation Advisor-Alpha Chapter