Health communication/promotion, health equity, multicultural relations, social organization, applied research methods, health informatics, communication campaigns, global health, and social change
I am a University Distinguished Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University. I teach courses in Communication Research, Health Communication, Risk Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Consumer-Provider Health Communication, Health Communication Campaigns, and E-Health Communication.
My active research program has been funded by many federal agencies, foundations, and organization. I examine the influences of strategic evidence-based communication programs and practices on reducing health risks and enhancing health outcomes, with a focus on promoting health equity in society. I am an expert on community-based participatory research, health information dissemination, and the effective design and use of health information technologies. My frequently cited publications are reported in more than 500 books, articles, and chapters. I served on the national FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee and am a scientific adviser to the NIH, CDC, VA, HRSA, and many international health agencies, research firms, and foundations.
I've received a number of major research honors, including the Research Laureate Award from the American Academy of Health Behavior, the Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award from both the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association (NCA), the Dale Brashers Mentorship Award from the NCA, the Gary Gumpert Urban Communication Research Award from the Urban Communication Foundation, the Health Communication Centennial Scholar Award from the Eastern Communication Association, the Pfizer Professorship in Clear Health Communication, the Lewis Donahue Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award from the University of Kentucky, the Future of Health Technology Award, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Consumer Health Informatics and Online Health, and the Gerald M. Phillips Distinguished Applied Communication Scholar Award from the NCA. I am a Fellow of the International Communication Association and the American Academy for Health Behavior. I have also been selected as a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association.
Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, I had the pleasure of serving as the founding Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NIH), where I planned, developed, and coordinated major new national research and outreach initiatives concerning risk communication, health promotion, behavior change, technology development, and information dissemination to promote effective cancer prevention, screening, control, care, and survivorship. I also served as the Founding Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University, Executive Director of the Greenspun School of Communication at UNLV, and in faculty and administrative roles at Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Indiana, and Purdue Universities.
For more detailed information about my career, research interests, and accomplishments, please view my CV.
Developing and advising a cross-national research network of countries conducting the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS): The INSIGHTS (International Studies to Investigate Global Health Information Trends) Research Program:
Developed, field tested, and evaluated an evidence-based interactive curriculum for training interdisciplinary health care team members to communicate effectively in delivering care to immigrant populations in free clinics for the Advanced Nursing Education Workshop (ANEW) Program. This research and intervention program focuses on developing adaptive provider communication competencies for effective inter-professional communication, demonstrating cultural sensitivity, and working effectively with patients who have low levels of health literacy and limited English language proficiencies. This project is funded by the US Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and is being conducted in collaboration with faculty in the School of Nursing at George Mason University.
Evaluated and field tested best message strategies for communicating relevant health risk and benefit information to key public audiences across the US about current science and practices concerning genetically modified foods as part of the Agricultural Biotechnology Initiative. This research is funded by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (DOA).
Established and co-direct the Global Advocacy Leadership Academy (GALA) research and intervention program to examine the health communication and information needs of health advocacy organization leaders and to develop evidence-based training programs for advocates around the globe (2014-present).
Advising the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax community-based collaborative to evaluate health needs among vulnerable populations in Fairfax County, Virginia and to develop evidence-based programs and policies to promote healthy behaviors, tobacco and substance abuse control, good nutrition, and the reduction of health risks (2017-present).
Serving as a scientific adviser to the transdisciplinary Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH), to identify environmental risk factors for breast cancer and to develop strategic public health information dissemination programs and policies to reduce breast cancer risks (2018-2019).
Kreps, G.L. (2021, in-press). Health advocacy and health communication for elderly health care consumers: Rationale and demand. Journal of Elder Policy.
Real, F.J., *Rosen, B., Bishop, J.M., McDonald, S., DeBlasio, D., Kreps, G.L., Klein, M., & Kahn, J.A. (2021, in-press). Usability evaluation of the novel smartphone application, HPV Vaccine: Same Way, Same DayTM, among pediatric residents. Academic Pediatrics
Acharya, D., Devkota, B., & Kreps, G.L. (2021, in-press). The association between media exposure and enrollment in health insurance in Nepal: Implications for health policy. World Medical and Health Policy.
Cingi, C.C., Eroğlu, E., & Kreps, G.L. (2021, in-press). Communication with the infected child. In C. Cingi, Arisoy, S., & N.B. Muluk (Eds.). Pediatric ENT infections. New York: Springer Publishers.
Kreps, G.L. (2021). The role of strategic communication to respond effectively to pandemics. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2021.1885417
Chen, X, Li, M., & Kreps, G.L. (2021). Acculturation and health literacy among Chinese immigrants in the US. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-021-00979-9
Rosen, B.L., Real, F.J., Bishop, J.M., McDonald, S.L., Klein, M., Kahn, J.A., & Kreps, G.L. (2021). School health service provider perceptions on facilitated interactive role-play around HPV vaccine recommendation. Journal of Cancer Education https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-020-01949-1
Cingi, C., Eroğlu, E., & Kreps, G.L. (2021). Sneezing and nasal discharge as a barrier to communication during adolescence. In C. Cingi, N.B. Muluk, G. Scadding, & R. Mladina (Eds.) Challenges in rhinology (pp. 121-126). New York: Springer Publishers.
Kreps, G.L. (2020). Afterword: Digital Health Information Control. In D. Sen & R. Ahmed (Eds.). Privacy concerns surrounding personal information sharing on health and fitness mobile applications, pp. 224-225. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Kreps, G.L., Neuhauser, L., *Sparks, L., & LaBelle, S. (2020). Promoting convergence between health literacy and health communication. In R.A. Logan & E.R. Siegel (Eds.), Health literacy in clinical practice and public health: New initiatives and lessons learned at the intersection with other disciplines. Amsterdam: IOS Press. pp. 526-543. DOI 10 3233/SHT1200060, ISBN print 978-1-64368-074-3.
Kreps, G.L (2020). Translating research into practice on a global scale: The Health Information National Trends Survey global research program. In D.S. Anderson (Ed.). Leadership in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention: Insights from Long-Term Advocates (pp. 235-238). New York: Routledge.
Kim, D.K., & Kreps, G.L. (2020). An analysis of government communication in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic: Recommendations for effective government health risk communication. World Medical and Health Policy. Special symposium issue on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, DOI:1002/wmh3.363. (.87 impact factor).
Acharya, D., Adhikari, R., Ranabhat, C., Paudel, R., Bahdur Tapa, P, & Kreps, G.L. (2020). Does intimate partner violence influence the utilization of maternal health services? Research Square, (https://assets.researchsquare.com/files/rs-1513/v1/manuscript.pdf). doi 10.21203/rs.2.10538/v3 (no impact factor listed).
Kreps, G. L., Neuhauser, L., *Sparks, L., & Labelle, S. (2020). Promoting convergence between health literacy and health communication. Studies in health technology and informatics, 269, 526-543, doi: 10.3233/SHTI200025 (.44 impact factor).
Kreps, G.L. (2020). The value of health communication scholarship: New directions for health communication inquiry. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 7(2s), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnss.2020.04.007, special issue on Medicine, Humanity and Media, (.88 impact factor). Pre-print copy of the article is available online at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352013220300570?via%3Dihub
Maguire, L., & Kreps, G.L. (2020). Hidden factors in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology, DOI: 31487/j.NNB.2020.01.06, available online at: https://www.sciencerepository.org/hidden-factors-in-diagnosing-alzheimer-s-disease_NNB-2020-1-106 (2.13 impact factor).
Ngenye, L. & Kreps, G.L. (2020). A review of qualitative methods in health communication research. The Qualitative Report, 25:3, 631-645, (.62 impact factor). (Full text of this article is available open source at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss3/5.
Acharya, D., Adhikari, R., Kreps, G.L. Gautam, K., Dhakal, K.P., Raikhola, P.S., & Bhattarai, R. (2020). Educational status of female youth in Nepal: A foundation for health and wellbeing. Where should programmes focus? South Asian Survey, 27(1), 7-18, https://doi.org/10.1177/0971523120907207 (.25 Impact Factor).
Kreps, G.L. (2020). Engaged communication scholarship: The challenge to translate communication research into practice. In D. O’Hair & M.J. O’Hair (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Communication Research, New York: Wiley, pp. 93-102, https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119399926.ch6
Kreps, G.L. (2020). The emerging area of e-health communication research: Using data to enhance the effectiveness of health information systems. In D. O’Hair & M.J. O’Hair (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Communication Research, New York: Wiley Publishers, pp. 971-982, https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119399926.ch53
Cingi, C.C., Eroğlu, E., & Kreps, G.L. (2020). Role of anosmia on personal communication. In C. Cingi & N.B. Muluk (Eds.). All around the nose (pp. 247-251). New York: Springer Publishers.
Rosen, B.L., Kreps, G.L., Bishop, J.M., & McDonald, S. (2019). Quality evaluation tool for clinician online continuing medical education. Health Behavior Research, 2:4, 20 https://doi.org/10.4148/2572-1836.1044 (the official journal of the American Academy for Health Behavior; 586 impact factor).
Gagen, D.M., & Kreps, G.L. (2019). An examination of the clarity of government health websites using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Clear Communication Index. Frontiers in Communication: Health Communication Section, 4:60. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00060 (Frontiers Journals have a combined 3.63 impact factor). (Full text of this original research article is available open source at: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomm.2019.00060/full?&utm_source=Email_to_authors_&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=T1_11.5e1_author&utm_campaign=Email_publication&field=&journalName=Frontiers_in_Communication&id=493873).
Nambisan, P., Lyytinen, K., Stange, K., Kahana, E., & Kreps, G. L. (2019). A comprehensive digital self-care support system for older adults: A multidisciplinary framework. Innovation in Aging, 3(Suppl 1), S326 (no impact factor listed).
Terry, M.B., Michels, K.B, Brody, J.G., Byrne, C., Chen, S., Jerry, J., Malecki, K.M., Martin, M.B., Miller, R.L., Neuhausen, S.L., Silk, K., Trentham-Dietz, and the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP, including Kreps, G.L.). (2019). Environmental exposures during windows of susceptibility for breast cancer: A framework for prevention research. Breast Cancer Research, 21(96), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13058-019-1168-2 (5.74 impact factor).
Rosen, B.L., Bishop, J.M., Anderson, R., Real, F.J., Klein, M.D. & Kreps, G.L. (2019). A content analysis of HPV vaccine online continuing medical education purpose statements and learning objectives. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 15(7-8), 1508-1518 (special focus issue on HPV Vaccines and Associated Cancers), DOI: -1080/21645515.2019.1587273 (HV&I has a 2.229 impact factor).
Desens, L., Kreps, G.L, & Su, Y. (2019). Online social support: Analysis of an online discussion forum for the significant others of deployed service members. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(2), pp. 94-111 (no impact factor listed).
Kreps, G.L., *Burke-Garcia, A., & Wright, K. (2019). The use of digital communication channels to enhance environmental health literacy. In S. Finn & L. O’Fallon (Eds). Environmental Health Literacy (pp. 265-283). New York: Springer Publications.
Kreps, G.L. (2018). Promoting patient comprehension of relevant health information. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, DOI: 10.1186/s13584-018-0250-z.
Pan, J., Liu, B., & Kreps, G.L. (2018). Who says what: Attribution and efficacy in the public discourse of depression in Sina Weibo. BMC Public Health. 18:772 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5701-5.
Burke-Garcia, A., Kreps, G.L., & Wright, K. (2018). Perceptions about disseminating health information amongst mommy bloggers. Journal of Medical Internet Research-Research Protocols, doi:10.2196/resprot.7764.
Rosen, B.L., Bishop, J.M., McDonald, S.L., & Kreps, G.L. (2018). Quality evaluation of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine web-based educational interventions for clinicians. Journal of Medical Internet Research-Cancer, (JMIR Cancer 2018;4(1):e3) doi:10.2196/cancer.9114.
Kreps, G.L., Burke-Garcia, A., & Wright, K. (2018). The use of digital communication channels to enhance environmental health literacy. In S. Finn & L. O’Fallon (Eds). Environmental Health Literacy. New York: Springer Publications.
Cingi, C.C., Eroğlu, E., & Kreps, G.L. (2018). Role of anosmia on personal communication. In C. Cingi & N.B. Muluk (Eds.). All around the nose. New York: Springer Publishers.
Kreps, G.L. (2018). Communication and palliative care: E-health interventions and pain management. In R, Moore (Ed.). Handbook of pain and palliative care: Biobehavioral approaches for the life course, 2nd edition. New York: Springer Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95369-4_5
Yu, G., Pan, J., & Kreps, G.L. (2018). The norms of health communication research: Theoretical framework and academic logic based on the Chinese Health Information National Trends Survey. In: G. Yu (Ed.). Health communication: Chinese people’s information access, cognition, and acknowledgement. Empirical research and analysis based on HINTS China survey (pp. 3-14). Beijing: CIP, ISBN 978-7-5115-5540-3.
Zhao, X, Mao, Q., Kreps, G.L., Yu, G., Li, Y., Xu, Z., Song, M, Chou, W-Y., Persoskie, A., He, R., & Kim, P. (2018). Cancer information seekers in China: A preliminary profile. In: G. Yu (Ed.). Health communication: Chinese people’s information access, cognition, and acknowledgement. Empirical research and analysis based on HINTS China survey (pp. 287-316). Beijing: CIP, ISBN 978-7-5115-5540-3.
Kreps, G.L., Yu, G., Zhao, X., Chou, W.-Y., & Hesse, B.W. (2018). Expanding the NCI Health Information National Trends Survey from the US to China and beyond: Examining the influences of consumer health information needs and practices on local and global health. In: G. Yu (Ed.). Health communication: Chinese people’s information access, cognition, and acknowledgement. Empirical research and analysis based on HINTS China survey (pp. 317-333). Beijing: CIP, ISBN 978-7-5115-5540-3.
Kreps, G.L., Thackeray, R. & Barnes, M.D. (2018). Chapter 5: Building a health communication framework. In R.J. Bensley & J. Brookins-Fishers (Eds.) Community health education methods: A practical guide (4th edition) (pp. 69-91). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Kreps, G.L., & Alpert, J. (2018). Evaluating online health information systems. In H.D. O’Hair (Ed.). Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment (pp. 176-187). New York: Taylor & Francis.
Kreps, G.L., & Alpert, J. (2018). Methods for evaluating online health information systems. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.). Handbook of research methods in health and social science. New York: Springer Publishers (doi:10.1007/978-981-10-2779-6_111-1).
Kreps, G.L. (2017). Online information and communication systems to enhance health outcomes through communication convergence. Human Communication Research, DOI: 10.1111/hcre.12117
Kreps, G.L. (2017). Stigma and the reluctance to address mental health issues in minority communities. Journal of Family Strengths, 17(1)
Kreps, G.L. (2017). The relevance of health literacy to mHealth. Information Services and Use, 37(2), 123-130.
Kreps, G.L., Yu, G., Zhao, X., Chou, W.-Y., & Hesse, B.W. (2017). Expanding the NCI Health Information National Trends Survey from the US to China and beyond: Examining the influences of consumer health information needs and practices on local and global health. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 1077699016687725
Kreps, G.L. (2017). Transdisciplinary health communication research across the continuum of care. In C. Lambert & M. Grimm (Eds.), Health communication as a transdisciplinary field (pp. 13-22). Baden Baden, Germany: Nomos Verlag.
Kreps, G.L. (2016). Communication and effective interprofessional health care teams. International Archives of Nursing and Health Care 2(3), 2:051, ISSN: 2469-5823
Alpert, JM, Krist, AH, Aycock, BA, & Kreps, G.L. (2016). Applying multiple methods to comprehensively evaluate a patient portal's effectiveness to convey information to patients. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(5): e112, doi:10.2196/jmir.5451
Krist, A.H., Nease, D.E., Kreps, G.L., Overholser, L., & McKenzie, M. (2016). Engaging patients in primary and specialty care. In Hesse, B.W., Ahern, D.K., & Beckjord, E. (Eds.). Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer Care (pp. 55-79). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Kreps, G.L. (2015). Health communication inquiry and health promotion: A state of the art review. Journal of Nature and Science, 1(2), e35, 1-12.
Zhao, X, Mao, Q., Kreps, G.L., Yu, G., Li, Y., Xu, Z., Song, M, Chou, W-Y., Persoskie, A., He, R., & Kim, P. (2015). Cancer information seekers in China: A preliminary profile. Journal of Health Communication, 20(5), 616-626.
Rising, C.E., Bol, N., & Kreps, G.L. (2015). The effect of age on use and perceptions of e-health in men with prostate cancer: Results from a web-based survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Cancer, (1):e6, doi:10.2196/cancer.4128; available at: URL: http://www.jmir.org/2015/1/e6/
Oh, K.M., Jun, J., Zhao, X., & Kreps, G.L. (2015). Cancer information seeking behaviors of Korean American Women: A mixed methods study using surveys and focus group interviews. Journal of Health Communication, 20(10), 1143-1154.
Kim, W., Kreps, G.L., & Shin, C-N. (2015). The role of social support and social networks in health information-seeking behavior among Korean Americans: A qualitative study. International Journal of Equity in Health, 14(40). DOI 10.1186/s12939-015-0169-8.
399- Health Communication
400- Research Methods in Communication
600- Introduction to Graduate Studies
620- Health Communication
634- Interpersonal Communication Theory
635- Organizational Communication
705- Intercultural Health and Risk Communication
720- Consumer-Provided Health Communication
721- E-Health Communication
798- Communication Research Projects
820- Health Communication Campaigns
Dr. Kreps received his BA and his MA degrees in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his PhD degree in Communication from the University of Southern California.
Radio Interview, “Communicating About the Dangerous Seasonal Flu Epidemic in the United States,” Texas Standard Public Radio, 1-29-2018.
Henri K. Huber , The Role of Communication in Informal Caregiving for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease (2022)
Elmira Hamidi, Diabetes Be Dur, A Type 2 Diabetes Mobile Application for Iranian Nationals in the U.S. (2021)
Kimberly S. Daniels, Male Body Talk: Investigating Fat Talk and Muscle Talk in a Romantic Context (2021)
Farah Latif , A Mixed Method Approach to Conceptualizing and Scale Development of Personal Reputations: A Multidimensional Approach Using Legitimacy, Social Evaluation, Parasocial Relationships, and Agency (2021)
Peter Susko , A Content Analysis of Social Media Campaigns in the 2016 US Presidential Election (2020)
George Kueppers, Exploring Relationships Among Perceived Stigma, Self-disclosure, Social Support, & Help-seeking Behavior in the Context Of College Students’ Interpersonal Mental Health Communication: A Sequential Multi-Methodological Approach (2020)
Hilda Patricia Garcia Cosavalente, Reproductive Health Information Seeking Matters: Predictors and Perceived Barriers among Young Peruvian Women (2020)
Joshua D. Murphy, Together, We Can: An Exploratory Analysis of Patient-centered Crowdfunding (2019)
Denise K. Scannell, Communicating about Autoimmune Thyroiditis: Influences on Marriage and Caregiving (2014)
Suzanne Carmack, Making Sense of Well-being: A Mixed-Methods Study Applying Sense-making Theory to Explore the Role of Communication Competence and Social Support in Physical, Emotional, Mental and Comprehensive Well-being (2014)
Kelly Vandersluis Morgan, Individual Fitness: Creating a Tailored Fitness Message Assessment for Women Ages 25-70 (2013)
Lindsay M. Hughes, One in a Million: Navigating Health Information and Rare Diseases (2013)
Linda Desens, Online Social Support: Buffering Deployment Stress Among Marine Corps Spouses (2013)
Nicole M. Robinson, To Tell or Not to Tell: Factors in Self-Disclosing Mental Illness in Our Everyday Relationships (2012)