Lab Team

Lab Members

Current Postdocs

Gemme Campbell-SalomeGemme Campbell-Salome, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.A, Texas A&M University
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Campbell-Salome is a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Florida conducting research in the Communication in Healthcare Lab and the Family·Health·Lifespan Communication Lab. Before joining UF, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Genomic Medicine Institute at Geisinger. Dr. Campbell-Salome is a health, family, and interpersonal communication scientist, with a special focus in the contexts of cancer, hereditary cancer, and hereditary heart conditions.

Her research investigates the persistent influence of family on individual health decision-making, with the aim of designing and testing health communication interventions at the individual, family, and clinician levels. Her work in health communication interventions includes developing chatbots using AI (artificial intelligence) to communicate with individuals and families about hereditary disease risks, optimizing communication methods for individuals to share risk information with family, and designing patient-centered informative tools. Her work optimizing communication messages for individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a collaboration with researchers at Geisinger, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). In the Communication in Healthcare Lab, she collaborates on grant-funded research related to health and cancer communication during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as adult child caregiver communication of parents with blood cancer. In the Family·Health·Lifespan Communication Lab, Dr. Campbell-Salome works on grant-funded communication projects investigating mother-daughter caregiver communication about breast cancer and designing interventions to promote healthy communication practice.

Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, she investigates the relationship between family communication about disease and health outcomes such as cascade testing and medical adherence. Her research also explores psychosocial and relational outcomes of family and health communication such as resilience, uncertainty management, narrative sense-making, and family communication environments. Dr. Campbell-Salome’s research has been published in journals such as Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Genetic Counseling, Health Education and Behavior, Health Communication, Journal of Family Communication, and Social Science and Medicine.

Current Research Assistants

Diliara BagautdinovaDiliara Bagautdinova, M.A.
Ph.D. in progress University of Florida
M.A. University of South Florida
B.A. University of South Florida

Diliara Bagautdinova is a second-year doctoral student specializing in health communication at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on provider-patient communication and family communication in the context of cancer and mental health, primarily utilizing mixed-methods and qualitative designs.

She has worked on collaborative research teams of physicians and scientists, including federally funded grants. This includes a recent study aimed at developing and pilot testing a conversation aid to support shared decision making among patients and providers related to thyroid nodule diagnosis and management. She also has a forthcoming publication as lead author on mental health and family communication in The International Encyclopedia of Health Communication.

In Dr. Fisher’s Lab, she has been actively working on multiple family health communication projects. Currently she is leading a study to explore sibling related experiences of adult child blood cancer caregivers, which was funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Amanda KastrinosAmanda Kastrinos, M.A.
Ph.D. in progress University of Florida
M.A., University of Florida
B.S., University of Florida

Amanda Kastrinos is a doctoral candidate specializing in health communication at the University of Florida.  As a health and family communication scholar, her primary research focus is examining caregiving communication from a lifespan developmental perspective.

Amanda’s dissertation explores family communication and coping in the cancer context, particularly the impact of cancer type, disease trajectory, and family member’s place in the lifespan on the family’s communication support needs. She is a mixed-method scholar with experience in multiple areas of health communication research, including patient-provider communication in rural communities, genetic testing and mental health, and HPV vaccine uptake.

In Dr. Fisher’s Family·Health·Lifespan Communication Lab, Amanda has worked on several grant-funded health communication projects. She has recently first authored two papers on the diagnosis experience of blood cancer caregivers  from a project funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Carolan Research Institute.

Michaela Mullis

Michaela D. Mullis, M.A.
Ph.D. in progress University of Florida
M.A., Auburn University
B.A. and B.A.J., University of Georgia

Michaela D. Mullis is a current doctoral student in the Family·Health·Lifespan Communication Lab at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on communicating through divorce with a focus on enhancing family resilience through spousal, parent-child, and lawyer-client communication. Implementing both a critical and interpretive lens, she utilizes multi-method qualitative designs with supplemental quantitative approaches. She collaborates with family lawyers, judges, mediators, and collaborative law professionals to translate her research into practice for families.

As a student, she has worked on research projects that aim to sustain family health and resilience across the lifespan through various contexts. This includes NIH funded research on mother-daughter breast cancer communication and environmental risk factors, multiple studies on family caregiving and blood cancers with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Department of Defense funded research on family health in the military across lifespan transitions. She has also conducted systematic reviews on family barriers to sexual health communication and divorce communication interventions. She has presented her work at various conferences including the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, and D.C. Health Communication.

Easton WollneyEaston N. Wollney, M.A.
Ph.D. in progress University of Florida
M.A., Texas Tech University
B.A., Texas Tech University

Easton N. Wollney is a third-year doctoral student at The University of Florida studying health decision-making, uncertainty, family communication, and provider-patient/provider-patient-family communication, primarily in the context of chronic and non-communicable diseases across the lifespan.

She primarily uses mixed-methods and qualitative designs to answer her research questions. Prior to her education at UF, she received her undergraduate degree in electronic media and graduate degree in mass communication at Texas Tech University. During her time at Texas Tech, she worked on several health-related projects, such as fundraising for a children’s hospital and pitching a campaign strategy to a health NGO located in Africa. These projects sparked her passion for health communication. Upon entering a doctoral program, she shifted her focus toward interpersonal health communication and maintains interests in health marketing and campaign-related projects.

She published her master’s thesis in Visual Communication Quarterly analysis. In that study, she explicates ideological points about wartime gender relations and points to the objectification of women’s bodies as implied sexual rewards for product purchase in WWII. She has also presented her work at leading conferences like AEJMC, ICCH, AMHCR, and the CDC’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media. In 2019, she was one of 30 PhD students competitively selected to participate in the National Communication Association (NCA) Doctoral Honors Seminar.

Yawande Addie

Yewande Addie
 Ph.D. and M.P.H. in progress, University of Florida
M.A., Clayton State University
B.S., Florida A&M University

Yewande Addie is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication and second-year MPH student in UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. She was awarded a prestigious grant from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to conduct her dissertation research in Nigeria. She has interest in cultural communication, global health messaging, West African health interventions, and the representation of Africa/the black diaspora in global news and entertainment media. A native of Atlanta, she studied journalism at Florida A&M University and liberal studies history at Clayton State University. Before embarking on her doctoral journey, Yewande worked in Washington, D.C. as an Obama Presidential Appointee within the USDA’s Office of Communication. In the Family·Health·Lifespan Communication Lab she has worked on various research studies including culturally tailoring mother-daughter breast cancer interventions and research on provider-patient communication and acupuncture integration in family medicine.

Alana CurleyAlana Curley
High School Student, Bryam Hills Authentic Science Research Program

Alana Curley is a sophomore in the Authentic Science Research Program at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York. She will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Fisher over the next two years to conduct research focusing on understanding the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on mother-daughter relationships and on helping mothers and daughters understand the roles they can play when their counterpart is diagnosed with breast cancer. She is also interested in how communication patterns in mother-daughter relationships influence the coping process of breast cancer. Her other experiences include being a member of the Youth Committee at Gilda’s Club, supporting families impacted by cancer, and founding We SAVE the World, a student-led organization against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Former Research Assistants

Dr. Camella J. Rising, RDN, Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Behavioral Research, Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

 

 

Dr. Mollie Rose Canzona, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication; Wake Forest University School of Medicine; Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University; Center for Bioethics, Health & Society

 

Dr. Nicole Piemonte, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, Creighton University School of Medicine Phoenix Regional Campus