Research Forum


CEHC Annual Health Communication Research Forum

Each year, the Center for Effective Health Communication presents the Health Communication Research Forum. The purpose is to learn about innovations in health communication research. The forum offers opportunities to discuss new communication research funded by our Center, including awardees from our Health Communication Research Grant program. In addition, the forum provides an opportunity to network with other health communication researchers inside and outside of Vanderbilt.

Past forums:

2022 Health Communication Forum


Dan Tilden, MD,
Faculty Mentor:  Sarah Jaser, PhD
“Developing Patient-Centered Educational Curriculum for Improving Pediatric to Adult Care Transitions for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes”

Jenesis Yanez, MD
Faculty Mentor: Adriana Bialostozky, MD
“Latinx Parents Understanding of the Reason for Referral to the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Specialist from their Healthcare Provider in Children with Suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder”  

2021 Health Communication Forum

Keynote Speaker:

Jessica S. Anker, MPH, PHD

“Making Numbers Meaningful—Promoting Evidence-Based Communication of Numbers in Health and Medicine”


Ryan His, MD, FACS

“Patient Experiences During Shared Decision-Making Related to Surgical Treatment for Kidney Stone Disease”

Patricia Commiskey, DrPH, MA

“Using Telemedicine in the Field for Prehospital Stroke Care: Attitudes and Perceptions from Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Providers and Stakeholders”

2019 Health Communication Forum

Keynote Speaker:

Kimberly A. Kaphingst, ScD

“Informing the Translation of Genomic Technologies with Health Communication Research”


Devika Nair, MD, MSCI

“‘It Tests My Faith Every Day.' The Role of Spirituality in Coping with Chronic Kidney Disease:

 a Qualitative Analysis”

Sally Miller, PhD, RN and Cathy A. Maxwell, PhD, RN, FAAN

“A Multi-modal Educational Workshop to Teach Effective Frailty-Focused Healthcare Communication”

2018 Health Communication Forum

Keynote Speaker:

Laura Beskow, PhD, MPH

“eConsent for Biobanking: Exploring Understanding of ‘Understanding’”


Ryan Skeens, MD

“Parent Activation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Its Relationships with Sociodemographic Variables, Neonatal Outcomes and Healthcare Utilization”

Amanda Mixon, MD, MPH

“Patient Centeredness and Patient Engagement in Outpatient Medication Reconciliation”