Awards

Health Communication Division

Interest Group Award

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Mohan Dutta
2016 Seth Noar
2015 Susan E. Morgan
2014 Linda Goldbold Kean
2013 Michael Slater
2012 Charles Salmon
2011 Sandi Smith
2010 K. “Vish” Vishwanath
2009 Teresa Thompson
2008 Charles K. Atkin
2007 Jon F. Nussbaum
2006 Donald J. Cegala
2005 Barbara F. Sharf
2004 Roxanne Parrott
2003 Richard Street
2002 Lewis Donohew
2000 Gary Kreps
1999 Everett Rogers
1998 Vicki S. Freimuth

Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Kami Silk
2016 Nancy Harrington
2015 Roxanne Parrott
2014 Gary Kreps
2013 Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath

Early Career Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Distinguished Book Award

Year Award Winner
2017 J. Blake Scott, Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003)
2016 John Lynch, What are Stem Cells? Definitions at the intersection of science and politics (University of Alabama Press, 2011)
2015 Robin E. Jensen, Dirty words: The rhetoric of public sex education, 1870-1924 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010)
2013 Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Joy Goldsmith, Sandra L. Ragan, and Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care (Routledge Press)
2012 Jay Baglia, The Viagra ad venture: Masculinity, media, and the performance of sexual health (New York: Peter Lang Publishing)
2011 Wayne Beach, A Natural History of Family Cancer: International Resources for Managing Illness (Hampton Press, 2009)
2010 Lynn M. Harter, Phyllis M. Japp, and Christina S. Beck, Narratives, Health, & Healing: Communication Theory, Research, & Practice (Routledge, 2005)

Distinguished Article Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Barbara F. Sharf, "Trailblazing healthcare: Institutionalizing and integrating complementary medicine," Patient Education and Counseling 89(2012): 434-438
2016 Maureen Keeley, “Final conversations: Survivor’s memorable messages concerning religious faith and spirituality,” Health Communication 16 (2004): 87-104
2015 Melanie A. Wakefield, Sarah Durkin, Matthew J. Spittal, Mohammad Siahpush, Michelle Scollo, Julie A. Simpson, Simon Chapman, Victoria White, David Hill, “Impact of tobacco control policies and mass media campaigns on monthly adult smoking prevalence,” American Journal of Public Health 98 (2008): 1443-1450
2014 James Dillard, and Lijang Shen, “On the Nature of Reactance and its Role in Persuasive Health Communication,” Communication Monograph 72 (2005): 144-168
2012 Brian Southwell and Marco Yzer, “The roles of interpersonal communication in mass media campaigns,” Communication Yearbook 31 (2008): 419-462
2011 Walid Afifi and Judith Weiner, “Seeking information about sexual health: Applying the theory of motivated information management,” Human Communication Research (2010): 32 (1), 35-57
2010 Maria K. Lapinski and Rajiv Rimal, “An explication of social norms,” Communication Theory (2005): 15, 127-147
2009 Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Joy Goldsmith, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, and Sandra Ragan, “Communicating a terminal prognosis in a palliative care setting: Deficiencies in current communication training protocols,” Social Science & Medicine (2008): 66, 2356-65
2008 Daniel J. O’Keefe and Jakob D. Jensen, “The relative persuasiveness of gain-framed and loss-framed messages for encouraging disease prevention behaviors: A meta-analytic review,” Journal of Health Communication (2007): 12, 623-644

The Amanda Kundrat Annual Thesis of the Year Award

Year Award Winner
2015 Carly Danielson and Tara Emmers-Sommer, “Attributions and Coping Behaviors Communicated Among Bullied Students: An Analysis of Bullying Blogs.”
2014 Dorothy Brown, “Communication networks of men with prostate cancer”
2013 Wendy Jacobs, “The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Cognitive Difficulties After Chemotherapy: Communication the Association Between Chemotherapy and Cognitive Difficulties May Result in Higher Complaint Reporting, But Increased Memory Performance for Cancer Patients High in Stigma Consciousness”
2012 Wan Chi Leung, “Third-person Effect & Rectifying Behaviors: Studying Antisocial and Prosocial Online Messages of Youth Drug Abuse”
2011 Mindawati Wijaya, “Influencing Children’s Food Consumption: Impact of Message Framing and Tailoring on Efficacy and Intention”
2010 Jennifer J. Moreland, “The Conceptualization and Communication of Risk Among Rural Appalachian Adolescents”
2009 Abigail Prestin, “Examining Subcomponents of Efficacy Judgments as Factors in Health Promotion Message Design”
2008 Jiyeon So, “Exploring Contributions of Genre-Specific Media Toward Perceptions of Personal and Social Risk of Smoking Among South Koreans”
2007 Sarah Gibson, “The Role of Context and Rationalizations in Understanding Behavior in Relation to HIV Prevention in Rural Malawi: A Qualitative Analysis”
2003 Lijiang Shen
2002 Amanda L. Kundrat, "The Impact of Invisible Illness on Identity and Contextual Age Across the Life Span"
1999 Lisa Murray-Johnson
1998 Ashley Duggan, "Understanding Subjective Components of Illness: Physicians' Nonverbal Rapport Building Behaviors and Patient Willingness to Disclose Information about Self and Barriers to Wellness"

Dissertation of the Year Award

Year Award Winner
2015 Hanneke Hendriks and Bas van den Putte “Let’s talk about alcohol: The role of interpersonal communication and health campaigns”
2014 Jessica Gall Myrick, “Searching from the heart. The interplay between emotions and customization in online health information seeking”
2013 Sherine El-Toukhy, “Priming Optimism: The Automaticity of Health Risk Perceptions”
2012 Joe Phua, “The Social Groups Approach to Quitting Smoking: An Examination of Smoking Cessation in Social Networking Sites through the influence of Social Norms, Social Identification, Social Capital, and Social Support”
2011 Elizabeth Gardner, “The Role of Narrative and Other-Referencing in Attenuating Psychological Reactance to Diabetes Self-Care Messages”
2010 Shelly R. Hovick, “Seeking Family Health Information: A Test of the Revised Theory of Motivated Information Management”
2009 Sally Dunlop, “Changing Health Behaviors: The Roles of Intra-and Inter-Personal Responses to Public Health Mass Media Campaigns”
2008 Janice Krieger, “An Empirical Test of Metaphors as a Strategy for Creating Culturally Appropriate Health Messages”
2007 Melissa Harris, “The Role of Emotion in Anti-Drug PSAs: Investigating the Impact of Guilt Arousal on Perceived Message Effectiveness and Behavioral Intentions to Use Drugs”

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Laura O'Hara and Carolyn Shue, "Discursive Struggles in 'Diabetes Management': Examining the Proximal Not-Yet-Spoken Link."
2017 Joy Goldsmith and Sandra Ragan, "Palliativee Care and the Family Caregiver: Trading Mutual Pretense (Empathy) for a Sustained Gaze (Compassion)."
2017 Brittani Cook, Emily Scheinfeld, Ana Navarro, and Cheryl Perry, "Memorable Messages about E-Cigarettes."
2017 Sara Picklesimer and Stephen Christoper Stifano, "Know Your Feelings and Desires: Targets Emotional Education as a Vehicle for Improving Safe Sex Health Messages."
2016 Jennifer A. Kam, Katerina Marcoulides, and Andy J. Merolla, “Using an Acculturation-Stress-Resilience Framework to Explore Latent Profiles of Latina/o Early Adolescent Language Brokers”
2016 Kai Kuang and Steven R. Wilson, “Uncertainty and Information Management in Illness Contexts: A Meta-Analytic Review”
2016 Kami A. Kosenko, “Forms of Problematic Integration in the Context of Infertility”
2016 Victoria Orrego, Jasmine Rene Phillips, and Elena V. Chudnovskaya, “HIV/AIDS Prevention among Tz'Utujil Maya in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala: Using a Community-Based Participatory Approach to Campaign Design”
2016 Kristen Harrison, Jessica D. Moorman, Mericarmen Peralta, and Kally Fayhee, “Food Brand Recognition and BMI in U.S. Preschoolers”
2015 Courtney Anderegg, Ashley Kennard, and David Ewoldsen, “Situation Model Formation and Comprehension of Expository and Narrative Health Information Texts”
2015 Qinghua Yang and Diane Millette, “Does Interactivity Help? A Meta-Analytic Review of Web-Based Interactive Health Interventions”
2015 Anna Kerr, Nancy Harrington, and Allison Gordon, “Communication and the Reappraisal of Uncertainty: Exploring Parental Uncertainty in the Context of Childhood Illness and Multidisciplinary Care”
2015 Jacqueline Bruscella, Alaina Zanin, and Elaine Hsieh, “The Mismanagement of Uncertainty: Interpreting and Negotiating Ambiguous Patient Cues in Clinical Oncology”
2014 Analisa Arroyo, Chris Segrin, Jake Harwood, Joseph A. Bonito, “Co-Rumination of Fat Talk and Weight Control Practices: An Application of Confirmation Theory”
2014 Jiyeon So., Lijiang Shen, “Examining the Risk Perception Gap in the Risk Convergence Model: Narrative Effects on Perceived Social Distance and Self- and Character’s Risk Perception”
2014 Catalina Toma, Jonathan D’Angelo, “Linguistic Cues to Perceived Trustworthiness in Online Medical Advice: A LIWC Analysis”
2014 Xiaoquan Zhao, Xiaoli Nan, Irina Alexandra Iies, Bo Yang, “Temporal Framing and Consideration of Future Consequences: Effects on Smokers’ and At-Risk Nonsmokers’ Responses to Cigarette Health Warnings”
2014 Lisa Guntzviller, Jakob D. Jensen, Luz M. Carreno, “The Impact of Child and Parent Characteristics on Language Brokers’ Health Literacy: A Test of Three Dyadic Models”
2013 Erin Donovan, Brittani Crook, Laura E. Brown, Angie E. Pastorek, Camille A. Hall, Michael S. Mackert, and Keri Stephens, “An Experimental Test of Medical Disclosure and Consent Documentation: Assessing Patient Comprehension, Self-Efficacy, and Uncertainty”
2013 Shelly Campo, Erica Spies, and Natoshia Askelson, “Applying the Theory of Normative Social Behavior to Predict Parents Perceptions of their First Year College Student’s Alcohol Use”
2013 Heather E. Canary, Jennifer A. Cummings, Connie A. Bullis, and Anita Y. Kinney, “Counselor-Client Conversations in a Colorectal Cancer Screening Intervention: An Analysis of Intersecting Activity Systems”
2013 Minji Kim, Rui Shi, and Joseph N. Cappella, “Effect of Character-Audience Similarity on the Perceived Effectiveness of Anti-smoking PSAs via Engagement”
2013 Robert Wu and Lora Appel, “Short Message Service or disservice: Issues Connecting Inter-professionally through Text Messages in a Complex Medical Environment”
2012 Shawna Malvini Redden, Sarah Jane Tracy, and Michael Shafer, “Are ‘Liquid Handcuffs’ Worth ‘Money in My Pocket’? A Metaphor Analysis of Recovering Substance Abusers’ Sensemaking of Medication Assisted Treatment”
2012 Evan Perrault, Kami J. Silk, Allyson Rogers, and Andrea Sexton, “Are Videos Worth It? Testing the Effect of the Addition of Videos to a Website Promoting Environmental Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Practices”
2012 Janice L. Raup-Krieger, Samantha Coveleski, John Graham, Allison Kootsikas, Michael L. Hecht, Michelle Miller-Day, and Jonathan Pettigrew, “From Kids, Through Kids, to Kids: Examining the Social Influence Strategies Used by Adolescents to Promote Prevention among Peers”
2012 Kai J. Western, Allison Thornton, Katherine Gronewold, and Amber R. Koblitz, “The Influence of Family on College Students’ Drinking Behaviors: Integrating Family Communication Environments and the Theory of Planned Behavior”
1991 Majia Holmer
1990 Majia Holmer
1990 Rebecca Cline
1990 J. David Johnson
1990 Hendrika Meischke
1990 Jennifer Grau
1990 Sally Johnson
1989 Julia Burke
1989 Abran Salazer
1989 Dale Brashers
1989 Hazel Rozema
1989 Juanne N. Clark
1989 Roxanne Parrott
1988 David Seibold
1988 Renee Meyers
1988 Michael Burgoon
1987 Kay McDougall
1987 Gregory Nelson
1987 Dawn Braithwaite
1987 Roxanne Parott
1987 Michael Burgoon
1987 J. David Johnson
1987 Paul Arntson
1987 Gregory Makoul
1987 David Pendleton
1987 Theo Schofield

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2017 Zhan Xu, "Using Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis to Compare Online Pro- and Anti-Vaccine Headlines."
2015 Elizabeth Johnson-Young “Predicting Intentions to Breastfeed for Three Months, Six Months, and One Year Using the Theory of Planned Behavior and Body Satisfaction”
2015 Jiyoung Chae “Cancer Information Overload and Cancer Information Avoidance Mutually Influence Each Other Over Time”
2015 Danielle Catona “Fall prevention initiatives: Effects of active involvement interventions on strength and balance exercise-related attitude, norm, and intention”
2015 Hannah Ball “An Application of Psychological Reactance Theory to the Illicit Use and Provision of Prescription Stimulants”
2014 Anne Borsai, John Christensen, Lynn Carol Miller, Paul Robert Appleby, and Stephen J. Read, “Character Identification as a Moderator of the Relationship between Perceived Social Norms and Sexual Risk-Reduction Intentions and Behavior: Findings from an eHealth Interactive Video Intervention”
2014 Yerina S. Ranjit and Merina Shrestha, “Perception of Social Power and Compliance Based on Traditional Health Beliefs in Nepal”
2014 Cindy Yixin Chen, “Risk Perception, Social Support, and Alcohol Use among U.S. Adolescents: An Investigation Using the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health”
2014 Yaguang Zhu, “Social Media’s Influence on Youth Smoking: Changing Attitudes, Social Norms, Self-efficacy and Stages of Change”
2014 Georges Elias Khalil, “When Feelings Continue: A Difficulty in Emotion Regulation Predicts Cancer Risk Awareness after an Entertainment-Education Intervention”
2013 Chih-Wei Hu, “A New Measure for Health Consciousness: Development of A Health Consciousness Conceptual Model”
2013 Rebecca Amati, “Contradictions in End-of-Life Communication: Toward a Validation of the CEOL Scale”
2013 Jinghui (love) Hou, “Toward an Integrative Theoretical Model of Health-Related Risky Behaviors”
2013 Katie Margavio Striley and Kimberly R. Field-Springer, “When it’s Good to be a Bad Nurse: Expanding Risk Orders Theory to Nurses Experiences in OB Units”
2013 Nicholas T. Iannarino, “’My Insides Feel like Keith Richards’ Face’: A Narrative Analysis of Humor and Biographical Disruption in Young Adults’ Blogs about the Cancer Experience”
2012 Kristen Kiernicki and Domenick Wissel, “A Content Analysis of Image Congruency and Persuasiveness in Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising”