Shelly R Hovick, PhD
College of Arts & Sciences
Shelly Hovick, PhD, is a health communication researcher in the multidisciplinary OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program. Her work focuses on the evaluation of personalized cancer risk communication interventions and cancer information seeking, particularly the factors that lead individuals to seek and share genetic risk information.She is interested in the factors that shape assessments and perceptions of cancer risk and how high-risk individuals make decisions in regards to cancer prevention behaviors. Her recent research includes examining how heart disease and colon cancer prevention beliefs connect to information seeking and scanning. Recent work has also examined whether personalized interventions that communicate disease risk, including family health history tools, influence risk perceptions and reactions. Dr. Hovick has published more than 20 articles in prestigious publications, including Journal of Cancer Education, Journal of Health Communication and Cancer Causes & Control. She also has made more than two dozen presentations to professional organizations, including the National Communication Association and the American Society of Preventive Oncology, as well as the International Cancer Education Conference.