Think Tank - Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts

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Laura Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Brown is the founding co-director of the Center for Health Communication Think Tank and current Director of the UTNY Program. She is an expert in interpersonal communication, particularly in the health realms, with experience developing effectivecommunication strategies and skills in group and individual formats.

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Drew Coolidge

Drew Coolidge is a Communication Coach with the Center for Health Communication Think Tank. Additionally, he is an Assistant Instructor and researcher in the communication studies department at UT Austin where he teaches courses about how identity and language impact communication outcomes. He aims to assist clinicians in effectively managing the small interactional moments that can have large, downstream consequences.

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Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan, Ph.D.

Dr. Erin Donovan is a senior strategist for the Center for Health Communication Think Tank. She specializes in Interpersonal Health Communication. She is an expert on how people can successfully navigate difficult conversations with family, friends and health care providers while coping with illness, stress and uncertainty.

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Remington Johnson, M. Div.

Remington Johnson is the interim-co-director and communication coach with the Center for Health Communication Think Tank and the person that helps to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the Think Tank move forward smoothly. She has spent the last 11 years working with care teams as a complex care navigator in both acute and post-acute care settings.

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Matthew Mcglone

Matthew McGlone, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew McGlone is a senior strategist for the Center for Health Communication Think Tank. He is an expert on persuasion, social influence and risk communication.  With regard to health, he focuses on strategic word choices providers can use to promote wellness and patience, and interpreting the language patients use to describe illness, pain and recovery. 

David Ring

David Ring, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Ring is Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care and Professor of Surgery and Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. Trained as a hand and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ring’s extensive research, patient care, and quality and patient safety leadership contributed to an understanding of and a passion for the ways that mindset and circumstances affect human illness.

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