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
Romo, L. K., Thompson, C. M., & Ben-Israel, P. (Accepted/In press). An Examination of How People Appraise and Manage Health-Related Financial Uncertainty. Health communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2021.1876813
Taniguchi, E., & Thompson, C. M. (Accepted/In press). Mental illness self-disclosure among college students: a pre-requisite of social support or a booster of social support benefits? Journal of Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2021.1922626
Thompson, C. M., Rhidenour, K. B., Blackburn, K. G., Barrett, A. K., & Babu, S. (Accepted/In press). Using crowdsourced medicine to manage uncertainty on Reddit: The case of COVID-19 long-haulers. Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.07.011
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. (2020). Crying wolf: A thematic and critical analysis of why individuals contest family members’ health complaints. Communication Monographs, 87(3), 291-311. https://doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2019.1709127