Dr. Borzekowski focuses on health communication, exploring how children and adolescents are exposed to and understand health messages in the media. With a background in developmental psychology and education, she is interested in improving health literacy especially among children and adolescents. She is also experienced in international work related to health communication.
Dr. Chen’s current research focuses on patient-centered medical homes and the integration of mental health care to promote population health. Dr. Chen believes that improving health literacy is one of the major components to consumer education and engagement in health care.
Dr. Holt is a professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Co-Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research, in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Her health disparities research involves community-based health communication studies, and the role of culture in health cognitions and behaviors. Specifically, Dr. Holt’s research examines religious involvement and health among African Americans, and using religion/spirituality to frame breast, prostate, and colon cancer early detection messages for this population. More recently her intervention work has added a behavioral translational research focus.
Donna E. Howard
Dr. Howard promotes community-based empowerment of minority and poor populations. She is interested in how media literacy can shape teens’ ideas about healthy and harmful dating dynamics and influence their dating behaviors.
Sylvette Antonia La Touche-Howard
Dr. La Touche-Howard does community engagement and enhancement work, often with individuals in the community who have low health literacy. She is interested in reducing health disparity rates and examines health literacy's role in health disparities. She has worked with lower income pregnant women’s oral health literacy and has worked with Dr. Alice Horowitz to supervise and sponsor the student-led group Schools for Smiles.
Dr. Lazar studies, designs, and tests information and communication technologies for older people and people with dementia. She is interested in tools that support decision-making in dementia and the concepts surrounding communicating health-related information, preferences, and decisions to and from people with cognitive impairments.
As a medical sociologist, Dr. Parkhouse’s research and teaching interests involves chronic illness, mental health & social stress, health attitudes & behavior, and health outcomes of stigmatized populations. His work relates to health literacy as it focuses on the dissemination of accurate and accessible health information on chronic conditions and to vulnerable communities.
Beth L. St. Jean
Dr. St. Jean works in consumer health information behavior, specifically on health-related information needs, information seeking, and information use. Her most recent project, HackHealth, is an NLM-funded after-school program to help middle school students improve their digital health literacy skills. Her overarching interest is health justice and how improving everyone's health literacy skills can help communities move closer to this ideal.
Related courses: INST 728K-0101 Consumer Health Informatics
Dr. Wang is a licensed psychologist interested in mental health literacy among children and their parents, especially among immigrant families. She has conducted two mixed methods studies examining Asian American and Latino American adolescents' and parents' understanding of mental illness and their treatments, and perceived barriers for help seeking at school.
Dr. Wolvin works in communication and studies listening behavior. He is interested in healthcare practitioners and patients as listeners. He has written a chapter on building a listening-centered dental practice in a dental text and a paper on listening literacy for the International Listening Association.
Ronald A. Yaros
Dr. Yaros has completed research on audience engagement and news comprehension of science, health and technology. More specifically, his research is related to how online users seek, select, and share health information. He believes we need more citizens to engage with and understand critical issues about health if we are to improve our healthcare system.