Gary Kreps, PhD, Chair

Gary L. Kreps (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is a University Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He is also the Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University. His research focuses on health communication and promotion, information dissemination, cancer prevention and control, organizational communication, information technologies, multicultural relations, and risk/crisis management. His published work includes more thant 300 books, articles, and monographs concerning the applications of communication knowledge in society. Before his appointment at George Mason in 2004, he served as the founding Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute, the founding Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University, Executive Director of the Greenspun School of Communication at UNLV, and in faculty and administrative roles at Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Indiana, and Purdue Universities. He has received numerous awards and honors for his active program of research, teaching, and scholarship.


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Joani Bedore, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communication

Joani's research focuses on interpersonal, gender, workplace, and public communication


Don Boileau, PhD

Professor of Communication

Don's research focuses on intercultural & public communication, communication education, and rhetoric & society


Carl Botan, PhD

Professor of Communication

Carl's research focuses on strategic, risk, and health communication, public relations, and research methods


Xiaomei Cai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Xiaomei's research focuses on media & society, family communication, new media, and research methods


Warren Decker, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Warren's research focuses on public communication, argumentation, communication theory, and social movements


Michael Dickerson, M.A.

Outreach Coordinator and Instructor of Communication

Mike's research focuses on public relations, risk communication, and media systems

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Andy Finn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Andy's research focuses on public & political communication, media systems, new media, and methods

Carla Fisher

Carla Fisher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Carla's research examines the information needs of cancer survivors and caregivers, with a focus on intergenerational and family communication.


Tim Gibson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Tim's research focuses on health & urban communication and media advocacy


Mark Hopson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Mark's research focuses communication & culture, rhetoric & society, and communication & violence

Paula Kim

Paula Kim

Senior Research Fellow

Paula is an expert on health advocacy and consumer empowerment. She helped to found the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan), and is working to establish an Advocacy Leadership Academy at George Mason University.


Steve Klein, M.A.

Journalism Coordinator and Instructor of Communication

Steve's research focuses on electronic journalism, media & society, and public policy


Bob Lichter, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Bob's research focuses on political, health, & scientific communication, media ethics, and methods


Cindy Lont, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Cindy's research media & society, gender, visual com, media production & theory


Ed Maibach, Ph.D.

University Professor

Ed's research focuses on social marketing, health & environmental communication, campaigns, and social influence

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Jim McAuley, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Jim's research focuses on health & aging, health services, communication & culture, and research methods

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Star Muir, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Communication

Star's research focuses on new media, environmental comunication, communication education, and public communication


Anne Nicotera, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication

Anne's research focuses on interpersonal, organizational, health communication, and communication & conflict


Peter Pober, PhD

Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics

Peter's research focuses on public communication, communication & culture, and rhetoric & social movements


Kathy Rowan, PhD

Professor of Communication

Kathy's research focuses on scientific, risk & crisis, written communication, and public relations


Melinda Villagran, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication

Melinda's research focuses on interpersonal, org, & health communication, communication & culture, and methods


Catherine Wright, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communication

Catherine's research focuses on new media, communication education, and communication & society


Xiaoquan Zhao, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communication

Xiaoquan's research focuses on health communication, communication campaigns, media & social influence, and methods