Health Comm Research

I’m a graduate student in communication at the University of Utah. I’m currently finishing up my master’s degree and will enter the PhD program in fall 2017. I primarily use quantitative research methods (i.e., stats) to study health communication, namely:

  1. How scientific research is covered by the media
  2. Health & risk communication (including message effects)
  3. Psychological reactance (a fancy sort of rebellion)

As a member of Dr. Jakob Jensen’s Health Communication and Technology Lab, I also work with the U of U and Huntsman Cancer Institute to conduct cancer communication research. Some of our main focuses are how to implement immersive media and UV photography in health interventions. We also have a brand-new biophysiology lab ~ one of the few communication departments in the country to have one!

Peer reviewed publications:

Ratcliff, C. L., Jensen, J. D., Christy, K., R., & Crossley, K. (forthcoming). News coverage of cancer research: Does disclosure of scientific uncertainty enhance credibility? In H. D. O’Hair (Ed.), Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment. New York: Routledge.

Guntzviller, L. M., Ratcliff, C. L., Dorsch, T., & Osai, K. (2016). How do emerging adults respond to exercise advice from parents? A test of advice response theory. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. [Read the full article]

Jensen, J. D., Ratcliff, C., Weaver, J., Krakow, M. M., Payton, W., & Loewen, S. (2015). Explicating perceived barriers to mammography for the USCREEN project: concerns about breast implants, faith violations, and perceived recommendations. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 1-7. [Read the full article]

More details on Research Gate