Bruce Lambert is a professor in the department of communication studies and the director of the Center for Communication and Health at Northwestern University. His research focuses on health communication, drug name confusion, patient and medication safety, health literacy, health information technology, prescribing behavior, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmaceutical promotion, medical liability reform, and health outcomes associated with provider-patient communication. He is currently the principal investigator on a five-year center grant funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study techniques for optimizing medication safety.
Lambert’s publications have appeared in JAMA, The Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Medical Care, The American Journal of Epidemiology, Drug Safety, The Journal of Medical Systems, Health Communication, Social Science & Medicine, The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, The Drug Information Journal and many others. For his work on predicting and preventing drug name confusion errors, Dr. Lambert received the Best Published Paper Award from the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1997, a Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and a Center Director’s Special Citation award from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago for twenty-two years, Lambert is a founding member of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence. He is also president of BLL Consulting, Inc. and Pharm I.R., Inc., firms that specialize in problems that involve health, communication, and technology.
Courtney L. Scherr is an Assistant Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Professor Scherr is the Director of the Health Communication Interaction Design Lab in the Center for Communication and Health, a faculty member of the Feinberg School of Medicine Institute for Public Health and Medicine, and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Center at Northwestern University.
Professor Scherr is an expert in Applied Health Communication with a focus on difficult conversations in health – those conversations about health that are challenging as a result of scientific complexity, risk or uncertainty. Drawing upon communication and behavioral theories, Professor Scherr’s research focuses on exploring, developing, and testing messages to promote patient understanding and adherence to medical recommendations. Her research has examined the communication of genetic test results, discussions about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, the experience of fertility preservation in cancer, and the process of receiving intervention for children with developmental delays.
Kimberly Pusateri is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a faculty member in the Center for Communication and Health. With research interests at the intersection of interpersonal and health communication, Kimberly’s current projects examine parent and adult child communication in the context of breast cancer, as well as the impact of communication technologies on interpersonal relationships.
Nathan Walter is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a faculty member in the Center for Communication and Health. Walter’s research concerns the evaluation of strategic health messages, media psychology, communication ecologies, and correction of misinformation. His studies have been published in a number of leading outlets, including the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, and Communication Monographs. His most recent work, which is supported by the FDA, focuses on novel methods to debunk tobacco-related misinformation. Nathan’s overarching research agenda revolves around the development of multilevel and ecological models that provide a nuanced approach to the study of communication-related phenomena.