Dr. Kelly S. Wood
First Year Programs
- PhD, 1995, The Ohio State University
- MA, 1990, University of Dayton
- BA, 1988, University of Dayton
- COM 100 Introduction to Majors in Communication
- COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills
- COM 300 Careers in Communication
- COM 315 Public Speaking II
- COM 326 Effective Listening
- COM 499 Program Assessment
- COM 799 Master’s Thesis
Research and professional interests
My research and teaching interests are primarily in interpersonal communication and relationships with an emphasis on the health care context. Additionally, I have taught organizational communication, conversational analysis and advanced public speaking. Within health communication, I prefer to study communication among health care professionals and their patients--usually physician-patient interaction in the medical interview. This does not mean I won't look at other relationship types. In fact, I look forward to broadening my horizons to nurses, dietitians, physical therapists or administrators. I believe research in health communication should be to answer questions regarding the nature of interpersonal communication and specific health outcomes. I have utilized qualitative and conversation/discourse analytic methods in my research. Previous research topics include social support among illness-related communities, computer-based social support, interactional control in doctor-patient relationships and more recently physician-patient communication and telemedicine and how advertised prescription drug ads influence communication.
Awards and honors
- Communication Graduate Faculty Award. (2007).
- Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. (2005).
- Professor of the Year Award, Sigma Kappa. (2003).
- COAL Service Awards, MSU. (2002).
- COAL Teaching Award, MSU. (2000).
- COAL Research Award, MSU. (2001).
- Top Three Research Paper Award, Health Communication Division, NCA. (2000).