The University of Iowa

Kate Magsamen-Conrad

Kate Magsamen-Conrad
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad (PhD, Rutgers University, 2012) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Iowa. She is one of the most well-respected researchers in the country working at the intersection of community engagement and health communication. Dr. Magsamen-Conrad is an intervention scientist with a research agenda that prioritizes partnering with communities to solve problems. Her research focuses on improving health (e.g., medical, physical, relational, etc.) for individuals across the lifespan through building and testing theoretical understanding the role of interpersonal communication processes (e.g., information management, privacy) and mobile technology use (e.g., for health-information seeking, eHealth literacy), particularly in family contexts. Among her community-engaged projects are a project funded by the Cancer Research UK to work with low-income urban mothers to improve physical activity, and an intergroup communication intervention that partners emerging, middle-aged, and older adults to improve the well-being of aging communities. She recently served as a member of a national Task Force on Community Engagement. Her community-engaged program of research led to her receiving the 2018 Early Career Scholar Award from the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association, which honors the person whose research has made the biggest difference among all health communication researchers in the early stage of their career. 

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