702 South Wright St
Urbana, IL 61801
I study health communication in personal and patient-provider relationships, specifically focusing on the role communication plays in how people understand health. My research illuminates two perspectives: individuals’ understandings of their own health and individuals’ understandings of others’ health. My first line of research examines how people’s understandings of their own health are fundamentally shaped by their identity—who they are and who they want to be in relation to health. My second research area involves investigating how healthcare providers and personal social network members experience and manage uncertainty they have when trying to understand another’s health.
University of Texas at Austin, Communication, Ph.D.
Arizona State University, Communication, B.A., M.A.
CMN 462: Interpersonal Health Communication
Kerr, A. M., Thompson, C. M., & Rubinsky, V. (2020). Memorable Messages Parents of Children with Vascular Birthmarks Receive from Others: Implications for Stigma and Identity. Health communication, 35(6), 685-695. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2019.1582314
Thompson, C. M., & Duerringer, C. M. (Accepted/In press). Crying wolf: A thematic and critical analysis of why individuals contest family members’ health complaints. Communication Monographs. https://doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2019.1709127
Thompson, C. M., Broecker, J., & Dade, M. (2019). How long-acting reversible contraception knowledge, training, and provider concerns predict referrals and placement. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 119(11), 725-734. https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.122
Thompson, C. M., & Parsloe, S. (2019). “I Don’t Claim to Be the World’s Foremost Expert, But.. ”: How Individuals “Know” Family Members Are Not Experiencing Health Issues as Severely as They Claim. Qualitative Health Research, 29(10), 1433-1446. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732319827518
Thompson, C. M., Romo, L. K., Ben-Israel, P., Owens, M., & Keita, S. (2019). Social network members' responses to friends' breakup false alarms. Personal Relationships, 26(3), 406-428. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12291