Lance Brendan Young

Lance Brendan Young

Assistant Professor
WIU QC Fine Arts & Communication
2129, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265
Office Phone: (309) 762-9481

Lance Brendan Young is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. He had a career in business when he began studying communication at the University of West Florida, where he subsequently taught. Eventually he left business to earn a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where he joined the College of Dentistry as a visiting assistant professor. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Department of Veterans Affairs, researching communication and rural health, mental health, and sexual trauma.

His research includes quantitative, qualitative, and theoretical approaches and has appeared in both medical and social science journals, including Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Journal of Family Communication, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, and Addiction Research and Theory. He has received instructional grants to facilitate patient-provider communication in a dental setting.


Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Iowa - 2008
M.A. in Communication Arts, University of West Florida - 2006
M.B.A. in General Management and Marketing, Tulane University - 1991
B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University - 1989

Teaching Areas

Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Research Methods

Research Interests

Patient-provider communication
Communication and mental health
Social support in addiction recovery
Telemedicine and telehealth