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

Volkman, Julie

Julie E. Volkman

Assistant Professor, Communication
Faculty Suite G

Julie E. Volkman, PhD (Penn State University, 2009) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication with a focus on health communication and social interactions contributing to health behavior change.

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

Health Behavior Change, Narratives and Emotion, Persuasion

  • Eastern Communication Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Coalition for Health Communication
  • American Public Health Association
  • National Communication Association
  • 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.

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

McClure, K., Donahue, J., Trunzo, J., Samter, W., Morse, C., Volkman, J., An Examination of the Relationship between Social Problem Solving and Emotion Dysregulation: Implications for Problem-Solving Therapy., Journal of College Counseling.

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

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

Volkman, J., Wright, J., Patient Engagement with Patient Portals.

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

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