STEM Translational Communication Center

Research & Insights

Communication in Cancer Care

By Carma Bylund Ask anyone about their experience with their own or a loved one’s cancer, and the response will likely include a story or remark about an oncologist, surgeon, nurse, or other health care provider. These are often positive stories: the oncologist who remembered a child’s birthday, the nurse…

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Posted: October 26, 2017

Janice Krieger, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications  STEM Translational Communication Center director, was one of six contributors to a research paper referenced in “When the Teenager Asks, ‘Did You Smoke Weed?’” published in The New York Times on Oct. 19. The paper, Parental Messages about Substance Use…

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Posted: October 25, 2017

The fight against breast cancer is often seen as a series of choices made between doctors and patients about best treatments. Understandably, the conversation centers on how to treat the disease in the body. But there are other critical elements that shape health outcomes. Psychological and social aspects, such as…

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Posted: October 25, 2017

It’s a challenge troubling health organizations for decades: what is the most effective way to communicate important information about health risks to the public? In research published last August in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications researchers Jordan M. Neil, Ph.D.…

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Posted: October 25, 2017

By Janice Krieger In 2016, the National Cancer Institute launched the Cancer Moonshot with the goal of ending cancer. Increasing the financial resources available for cancer research is a crucial step for improving scientific understanding of the disease, as well as advancing the clinical availability of new tools for treating…

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Posted: October 25, 2017

It’s no revelation that social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram have changed the way we learn and communicate new information. But is it an effective way to communicate health risks associated with cancer? In new research that appeared in the Journal of Health Communication, University of Florida College of…

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Posted: October 25, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications  STEM Translational Communication Center Director Janice Krieger, along with Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., will lead the Cancer Population Sciences (CPS) program at the UF Health Cancer Center. The program will host monthly meetings to focus on conducting person centered, family-focused, clinician engaged…

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Posted: October 17, 2017

Yulia Strekalova, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications research assistant professor and director of Grants Development and Janice Krieger, UF STEM Translational Communication Center director, co-authored, “Beyond Words: Amplification of Cancer Risk Communication on Social Media,” published in The Journal of Health Communication on Sept. 28. In the…

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Posted: October 4, 2017

Dr. Carma Bylund, a distinguished cancer communication scholar,  will join the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications STEM Translational Communication Center (STCC) in August. She will be the latest preeminence faculty member to join the College. Bylund is currently associate director, Medical Education at the Hamad Medical Corporation…

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Posted: May 12, 2017

University of Florida alumnus Jordan Alpert will join the University’s College of Journalism and Communications Advertising Department this summer as an assistant professor specializing in media planning. Alpert’s research focuses on how technology, such as electronic health records and patient portals, can facilitate communication between patients and providers. He also…

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Posted: April 6, 2017

Research & Insights

The Language of Empathy

Showing empathy is critical for medical practitioners who often have to discuss sensitive medical information with patients. Patients are more willing to share details when they feel like their provider cares about them. This leads to better overall health outcomes. In a recent study, University of Florida College of Journalism…

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Posted: March 28, 2017

University of Florida STEM Translational Communication Center Director Janice Krieger and a team of researchers have been awarded a $3.04 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to test the efficacy of using virtual technology to increase colorectal cancer screening among rural and minority patients. This is…

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Posted: January 31, 2017