M.A., James Madison University
(Fall 2015 Cohort)
Specializations: social construction of health, health & identity, doctor-patient communication
Nicole Hudak earned her B.S. in Communication Studies with a minor in International Relations at Minnesota State University Mankato. In continuing her studies, she received her M.A. in Communication & Advocacy at James Madison University in Virginia. JMU is where Nicole found her love for health communication research. During her master’s education, she studied how college women communicate about and understand birth control as well as college students’ willingness to communicate about sex and it’s relation to rape myth acceptance. Her master’s thesis looked at lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) healthcare experiences and how LGB patients chose to disclose or not disclose their sexuality to their healthcare providers. In her doctoral program Nicole hopes to continue studying sexuality and healthcare. Through her studies, she plans on exploring the social construction of health and how thosesocial constructions impact minority groups.
Nicole started her teaching career at JMU where she taught a general communication course. While teaching, Nicole enjoys bringing issues of diversity to each of her classes. When not pursuing her academic career, Nicole enjoys going to the movies at anyone of the three theaters in the area. She also loves to explore the Columbus area when in need of a change of scenery.