Charee Thompson, Ph.D.
Specializations: Interpersonal and family communication, health communication
I specialize in interpersonal and family communication with a focus on individual and relational development parallel to health and well-being issues in relationships. I study processes of information management, stress and coping, and social support. I am particularly interested in chronic health conditions, as well as the health experiences of adolescents and young adults.
My theoretical interests converge in one line of research exploring what I call the “Crying Wolf” phenomenon and questionable health conditions. I want to understand what happens when people believe others exaggerate or falsify their health condition(s). This program of research has application in personal relationships, as well as patient-provider relationships. This research also has implications for how people make sense of and respond to another’s health issues, as my findings show that the ways in which individuals talk about their health can paradoxically impair their ability to garner support in times of need.
My other line of research concerns the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. It centers on patient-provider relationships and parent-child relationships, and concerns health issues such as contraception, cancer, alcohol consumption, weight management, and chronic illness. This area of research is characterized by collaboration with various health-related organizations, including LIVESTRONG, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
My research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Reports, and Communication Research Reports. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal and family communication, health communication, and quantitative methods. I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking and being outdoors with my husband, twin daughters, and dog.