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Duplicated: CCH Seminar Update


Health Communication Research Seminar

A platform for cutting-edge work in health communication, forging  new collaborations, and building community.

Health Communication Research Seminar
Combating Medical Misinformation in the Social Media Era
Presenter: Eric J. Burnett, MD, MBS
Presentation date:  March 25, 2021
Designing Peer-to-Peer Digital Communication Environments to Enhance Mental Health
Presenter: Rachel Kornfield, PhD
Presentation date: December 05, 2018
The Role of Social Media in Communicating Health Science
Presenter: N. Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, FACEP
Presentation date: January  23, 2020
Promoting Safe Medication Use in Outpatient Settings: New Approaches using Consumer and Health Information Technologies
Presenter: Stacy C. Bailey, PhD, MPH
Presentation date: December 10, 2020
Message Pretesting Using Perceived Effectiveness Measures: Reconsidering the Correlational Evidence
Presenter: Daniel J. O’Keefe, PhD
Presentation date: January 23, 2019
Designing Technology-Enabled Services for Perinatal Mental Health
Presenter: Shefali Haldar, PhD
Presentation date:  February 09, 2021

Research is central to the mission of the Center for Communication and Health. To help keep us all connected and informed, a monthly research seminar hosted by the Center brings together faculty, staff, students, and field experts to discuss cutting-edge work in health communication, forge new collaborations, and build community.
Health Communication Research Seminar is held monthly, on dates to be determined, during the noon hour. Currently, we are limited to hosting the one-hour series via Zoom. The seminars are free and open to everyone. The only requirement is registration in advance.

June 2021

Understanding Opposition to Transgender Rights:
The Health Misinformation Perspective

Transgender rights have become the flashpoint du jour of the American culture wars, with the conservative movement, in particular, giving opposition to trans rights high priority. One key weapon in the arsenal of those who oppose trans rights has been health misinformation, which they have successfully employed to advance their political ends. Beyond negatively impacting trans people’s mental health and increasing barriers to accessing necessary medical care, the conservative campaign of misinformation has supported a wave of anti-transgender federal policy, state legislation, and mass media discourse (much of which has targeted trans youth specifically). As such, transgender health misinformation is—beyond a health equity issue—a social, cultural, and political problem. Drawing on a misinformation perspective to analyze current trends in trans-related policy and media discourse, this presentation explores the path forward for actualizing the health and human rights of transgender populations in the United States.

T.J. Billard is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University, where they are affiliated with the Center for Communication & Public Policy and the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Outside of Northwestern, they are the founding executive director of the Center for Applied Transgender Studies in Chicago, the leading academic organization dedicated to scholarship on the social, cultural, and political conditions of transgender life. Dr. Billard’s research spans political communication, the sociology of social movements, and transgender studies, with a primary focus on the relationship between media and the US transgender rights movement.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Virtual Presentations via Zoom

       T.J. Billard, Ph.D.

         Assistant Professor
        Department of Communication Studies

        School of Communication,
        Northwestern University

        Executive Director,
        The Center for Applied Transgender Studies

Upcoming Presenters 

The Health Communication Research Seminar series will conclude with the aforementioned June 2021 presentation and will resume in early fall of AY21-22.
Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

Interested in presenting your research? 

The Center is always looking to host a platform for your work. If you would like to give a talk or recommend a speaker,
please contact Rosa Ortiz (

Past Presentations