New Grants Support Study of Political and Health Communication

School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty members secured two grants to support research on political and health communication.

The first grant, a $20,000 award from the Spencer Foundation, will support the study of political influence within parent-child dyads, examining how parents and kids shape each other’s partisanship, candidate preferences, and patterns of political participation.  The role of peers, media, and school will be examined.  It was awarded to Assistant Professor Chris Wells and Maier-Bascom Professor Dhavan Shah, along with recent UW-Madison PhDs Leticia Bode (Assistant Professor, Georgetown University), Stephanie Edgerly (Assistant Professor, Northwestern University), Kjerstin Thorson (Assistant Professor, University of Southern California), and Emily Vraga (Assistant Professor George Mason University).

The second is a $500,000 grant from the Collaborative Health Sciences Program awarded to a team led by Dr. Beth Burnside of the Department of Radiology. This multidisciplinary project will design and test a clinical support tool (CST) that will use patient-centered communication strategies to encourage shared decision-making for mammographic breast cancer screening. This tool will be web accessible and embedded in the electronic health record (EHR).  It involves UW faculty and staff across a range of departments and specialties: Lori DuBenske (Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry), Jonathan Keevil (Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology), Alagoz Oguzhan (Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering), Dhavan Shah (Maier-Bascom Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication), Amy Dietz Trentham (Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences), and Lee Wilke (Associate Professor of General Surgery).

Both grants will run for one-year, beginning this September.