Lenette Golding (MPH 2003, Emory University)
Ms. Golding is a research assistant for the Workforce Development Core and doctoral student at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA. Golding is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (1997-1999, Jamaica) and has over fourteen years of experience in health education, group facilitation, community organization, capacity building, program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She currently is the Campus Liaison Sub-Committee Chair for the American Public Health Association’s Student Assembly.
Christopher R. Groscurth (M.A., Western Michigan University, 2004), Ph.D. Candidate
Mr. Groscurth examines dialogic relations of racial identity and difference in interpersonal/intercultural communication. He has authored and co-authored articles and chapters for academic journals and books on pedagogy and communication. He also regularly presents papers at leading national communication conferences.
Mr. Groscruth has won multiple research and teaching awards for his graduate work and instruction. Further, he has been a research assistant on grants from, for instance, the state of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Groscurth uses critical-qualitative methods.
Marita Gronnvoll (M.A., University of Washington, 2003), Ph.D. Candidate
Ms. Gronnvoll’s scholarship focuses on political rhetoric by and about the Bush Administration and its perspectives on gender, sexuality, and torture. Ms. Gronnvoll has published academic book reviews and presented at competitive rhetoric and communication conferences, for which she has also received a top paper award and reviewed submissions.
In addition, Ms. Gronnvoll has been the instructor of a range of undergraduate communication courses. She was also appointed lead research assistant for a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ms. Gronnvoll approaches her work from a rhetorical perspective.
Shawna Harris, (M.A., University of Nevada, 2005), Ph.D. Candidate
Ms. Harris’s research interests focus on sexual communication and condom use related to HIV-AIDS. She has extensive experience editing videos of focus groups related to children’s perceptions of sex and sexuality in the media.
Shelly Hovick (M.A. 2001, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) Ph.D. Candidate
Ms. Hovick is a graduate research assistant for the Multiple Risk Factor Study and the Administrative Core. Prior to coming to UGA, Ms. Hovick worked on health and poverty issues as a community educator for the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee. She has interests in risk communication, emergency preparedness, and the impact of familial social support upon health.
Jamie Landau (M.A., University of Georgia, 2006), Ph.D. Student
Ms. Landau analyzes verbal and visual rhetoric of gender, sexuality, and science in mass media and lay communication. She has presented her work at rhetoric and communication conferences, where she additionally chaired panels. Ms. Landau has also been an instructor of public speaking, as well as a newspaper reporter and an editorial assistant in book publishing.
Ms. Landau serves as research assistant and lead research assistant on grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health, respectively. Ms. Landau’s scholarship is grounded in the rhetorical tradition.
Ms. Scales is a third-year Ph.D. student in speech communication at the University of Georgia. Her emphasis is health communication, with research interests in adolescent and minority health issues. She is also interested in how cultural identity, interpersonal influence, and media affect health behaviors. She has previously conducted research on the influence of health messages in entertainment media.