Erin Donovan teaching class

The purpose of the CHC Doctoral Fellows program is to give PhD students interested in health communication the opportunity to work closely with CHC leadership and affiliates on projects that advance the mission of the CHC. Doctoral Fellows are expected to attend and support major CHC events, and the time commitment should be no more than five hours per week. The program is intended to be mutually beneficial – the work of the Doctoral Fellows helps advance CHC projects and activities, while the Doctoral Fellows have the chance to work closely with CHC leadership and better understand the operation of an academic center. 

For more information about the CHC Doctoral Fellows program, contact Mike Mackert.

2019- 2020 Doctoral Fellows

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Lindsay Bouchacourt

Lindsay Bouchacourt is a doctoral student in the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations. Her research interests include health communication, nonprofit advertising, consumer behavior, and social media advertising. She is currently focusing her research efforts on the effects of e-cigarette advertising. She holds an M.A. in advertising from the University of Florida and a B.S. in communications from the University of Miami.

Chelsea Brass

Chelsea Brass is a third-year doctoral student in health and interpersonal communication. She is interested in the dynamics of vertical (hierarchal) relationships, like doctor-patient interactions, but also vertical dynamics of horizontal (equal) relationships such as close relationships. Coming into the program from a previously established public health career, she hopes to eventually bring these findings back to the field. Chelsea also holds a Master's in Public Affairs from UT's LBJ School and a Bachelor's in Global and International Studies (with emphasis on South and Central America) from UC Santa Barbara.

Joshua Cone

Joshua Cone is a doctoral student in Health Behavior and Health Education beginning Fall 2017. He has multiple years of experience in healthcare delivery settings and completed his master’s degree in Public Health at UT Health – Houston and his master’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in health, at the University of Texas – San Antonio. Josh’s research interests coalesce around the determinants of proactive and preventive health behaviors and associated trajectories. He is primarily focused on the socioeconomic and cultural factors promoting poor health maintenance and the use of technology to positively impact overall health and improve health outcomes in adolescents and young adults.

Emily Goldstein

Emily Goldstein is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism.

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Hannah Hinton

Hannah Hinton is a doctoral student in interpersonal communication studies. They received their Master's in Education from Southern Methodist University while teaching middle school science in Dallas, TX. Their research interests include: sex education in public schools- including adolescent' goals for this curriculum, sensitive conversations with sexual partners on topics such as preferences, gender identity and HIV/STI/STD status, and LGBTQIA+ topics within the educational realm. They work on HIV prevention research at the UT Gender Health and Equity Lab and teach UT courses in correctional facility through The Texas Prison Education Initiative. They also volunteer as a mentor in the Travis County Big Brother Big Sisters program. Their research goals are to conduct research that is culturally responsive and driven by community goals.

Courtney Powers

Courtney Powers is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Studies.

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Yong Whi (Greg) Song

Greg Song is a doctoral student in the Stan Richard School of Advertising and Public Relations. His research focuses on the psychological effects and dynamics of interacting with new media and technology.

Billy Table

Billy Table is a Jesse H. Jones Endowed Centennial Fellow and a doctoral candidate studying interpersonal health communication in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. With appointments in Communication Studies, the College of Pharmacy, and the Dell Medical School, Billy's research interests involve difficult conversations - specifically, the development and testing of persuasive and supportive messages; LGBTQ+ health and mental health in family and patient-provider interactions, and provider communication skills education. Their recent works focus on the communicative processes involved in coping with stressors, social support, negotiating competing goals, and fostering resilience. Billy's theory-driven research approach involves quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate community-emergent questions with the goal to provide practical and accessible recommendations for change.

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Joy Melody Woods

Joy Melody Woods is a doctoral student studying Interpersonal Communication in Moody College of Communication's Department of Communication Studies. She holds an M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with a concentration in Sociology of Education from the University of Iowa and a B.S. in Political Science from Texas Wesleyan University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of mental health and equity. Joy is particularly interested in how Black males communicate their mental distress in the classroom, locker room, communities, and healthcare providers. In theoretical terms, she studies constructs such as disclosure and avoidance, stigma, and uncertainty management.

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Lingzi Zhong

Lingzi Zhong is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Studies. Her primary research interests center around the communication and experience of uncertainty in various healthcare and relational contexts. Specifically, she conducts both qualitative and quantitative research on uncertainty management, message features of the communication of uncertainty, and coping with chronic uncertainty experienced in depression and physical illness.

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