April 1, 2019
- Linked: The Social Science of Personal Influence and Public Stigma
- Time: 3:30 PM
- Location: Heritage Room, Student Union
- Description: Rachel A. Smith, PhD is a Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Human Development & Family Studies, and an Investigator in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Smith is a quantitative, social scientist who studies how the process of persuasion is inherently social. Her research has clarified how personal relationships shape the effects of persuasive communication, and how persuasive communication affects relationships and social networks. Her theoretical advances and empirical studies illuminate how social influence creates widespread social change and shapes collective norms, including powerful social forces such as bonding, rivalry, and stigmas. Her research has been funded by NIH, the Gates Foundation, CDC, USAID, and private foundations. Her collaborations with community partners are integral to her scholarship, and she was named the 2019 public health ambassador by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health.
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- Source: Department of Communication