The Department of Communication's undergraduate and graduate academic programs embrace a common mission: to fortify the intellectual and social skills necessary for effective human communication. The focus is on oral, written, and mediated communication skills that are essential in both professional and personal lives.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

  • Walter Franco
  • Mary Ann Gallo
  • Lisa Hunter-Mason
  • Michael Montecalvo
  • Dana Nolfe
  • Adam Olenn
  • Leslie Saylor
Volkman, Julie

Julie E. Volkman

Assistant Professor, Communication
Faculty Suite G
Ph D, The Pennsylvania State University
MA, Michigan State University
BA, The Pennsylvania State University

Communication Theory, Health Communication, Health Campaigns/Messages, Persuasion

Health Behavior Change, Narratives and Emotion, Persuasion

  • Society of Health Communication
  • Eastern Communication Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Coalition for Health Communication
  • American Public Health Association
  • National Communication Association
  • 2018, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2017, Merit Award
  • 2016, Outstanding Faculty/Staff Ally
  • 2015, Faculty Member of the Month
  • 2012, Top Paper, Health Communication Interest Group
  • 2009, Top Paper, Applied Communication Division
  • 2008, Carroll C. Arnold Award for Scholarly Excellence
  • 2006, Top Graduate Paper, Health Communication Interest Group

DeRycke, E., Driscoll, M., Becker, W. C., Brandt, C., Mattocks, K., Haskell, S., Bathulapalli, H., Goulet, J., Bastian, L., Volkman, J. E., Smoking status and pain intensity among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans, Pain Medicine, 2015.

Anderko, L., Noonan, D., Volkman, J., Nurses Communicating Risks: From Genetics to Public Health Preparedness, Nursing Communication.

Volkman, J., Communication Skills for MDs, University of San Fransisco.

Volkman, J., Gangi, J., Morse, C. R., Emotional Responses to STI and Emotion Narratives, Journal of Health Communication.

Volkman, J., Hokeness, K., Viens, A., Attitudes, Beliefs and Knowledge of Vaccines: Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy among Millennials, Science Communication.

Wright, J. A., Volkman, J., On-line Patient Portal Use among Emerging Adults: A Cross-Sectional Survey, Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting.

Hogan, T., Luger, T., Volkman, J., Rocheleau, M., Mueller, N., Barker, A., Nazi, K., Houston, T., Bokhour, B., Patient-Centeredness in Electronic Communication: An Evaluation of Patient-to-Healthcare-Team Secure Messaging., Journal of Medical Internet Research: JMIR, 2018.

Williams, J., DeLaughter, K., Volkman, J., Sadasivam, R., Ray, M., Gilbert, G., Houston, T., Exploring Online Asynchronous Counseling With Tobacco Treatment Specialists in the QUIT-PRIMO and National Dental PBRN HI-QUIT Studies: Who Uses It and What Do They Say? , American Journal of Health Promotion, 2018.

Houston, T., Fix, G., Shimada, S., Long, J., Gordon, H., Pope, C., Volkman, J., Allison, J., DeLaughter, K., Orner, M., Bokhour, B., African American Veterans Storytelling: A Multisite Randomized Trial to Improve Hypertension, Medical Care, 2017.

Volkman, J., Narratives in Health and Risk Messaging, Oxford University Press, 2017.

Volkman, J., Hokeness, K., Viens, A., Dickie, A., Vaccine Hesitancy among Millennials: Concerns, Beliefs and Attitudes, Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, 2017.

DeLaughter, K., Sadasivam, R., Kamberi, A., English, T., Seward, G., Chan, S., Volkman, J., Amante, D., Houston, T., Crave-Out: A Distraction/Motivation Mobile Game to Assist in Smoking Cessation., JMIR Serious Games, 2016.

Cherrington, A., Williams, J., Foster, P., Coley, H., Kohler, C., Allison, J., Kiefe, C., Volkman, J., Houston, T., Narratives to enhance smoking cessation interventions among African-American smokers, the ACCE project, BMC Research Notes, 2015.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., Quick, B. L., Whaley, B. B., Experimental Research in Health Communication , Routledge, 2014.

Trunzo, J., Samter, W., Morse, C., Volkman, J., College students’ use of energy drinks, social problem solving and academic performance, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs/Taylor & Francis, 2014.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., Samter, W., Trunzo, J., The Influence of Uncertainty and Social Support on Information Seeking Concerning Illicit Stimulant Use Among Young Adults, Health Communication/Taylor & Francis, 2013.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., An examination into the dyadic effects of mood in social interaction, Communication Research Reports, 2010.