SOC Director Chosen for “Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award”

The National Communication Association (NCA) Health Communication Division’s Awards Committees has chosen ECU School of Communication Director Linda Kean as the recipient of the 2014 “NCA Health Communication Division’s Outstanding Scholar Award.”  This award is one of the highest academic honors among the distinguished members of this organization.

Dr. Kean’s research focuses on health communication with an emphasis on the mass media. One facet of her research is designing and evaluating mass media campaigns that promote the adoption of positive health behaviors. Dr. Kean is also interested in how advertising and entertainment media messages influence individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors regarding health topics. Her work has been published in a variety of academic journals including, Communication Research, Health Communication, Media Psychology, Journal of Health Communication and Women & Language.

The National Communication Association is an internationally recognized communication scholarship organization with thousands of members across every state. This year, the NCA will celebrate its founding in 1914 with a Centennial celebration. Dr. Kean will accept the award in Chicago in late November at the NCA’s annual meeting.