Shelly R Hovick, PhD
College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Hovick is interested in people’s perceptions of their risk for cancer and other chronic diseases and the extent to which they respond to risks with information seeking and the adoption of prevention and early detection behaviors. She focuses on the identification of key social and cognitive predictors of health information seeking that may contribute to health and communication disparities. From an applied perspective, Dr. Hovick is interested in how communication messages can strategically be used to increase prevention behavior and reduce health disparities via increased knowledge of cancer risks and health behaviors to lower risk and improve overall health.