College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gary Kreps

Gary Kreps

Gary Kreps

Professor, Director; Center for Health and Risk Communication

Health communication/promotion, multicultural relations, social organizations, applied research methods, health informatics, communication campaigns, social change

Gary L. Kreps is a University Distinguished Professor of the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Communication Research, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Consumer-Provider Health Communication, Health Communication Campaigns, and E-Health Communication.

Dr. Kreps received his BA and his MA in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his PhD from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Kreps' areas of expertise include health communication and promotion, information dissemination, organizational communication, information technology, multicultural relations, risk/crisis management, health informatics, and applied research methods.

He is the Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, serves on the Governing Board of the Center for Social Science Research, and is a faculty affiliate of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices, Center for Climate Change Communication, the Center for Consciouness and Transformation, and the Center for Health Information Technology, at George Mason.

Prior to his appointment at Mason, he served for five years as the founding Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NIH), where he 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. He also served as the Founding Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University in New York, Executive Director of the Greenspun School of Communication at UNLV, and in faculty and administrative roles at Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Indiana, and Purdue Universities.

His published work includes more than 350 books, articles, and monographs concerning the applications of communication knowledge in society.

For detailed information about Dr. Kreps’s career, research interests, and accomplishments, please view his Curriculum Vitae.

Current Research

Working with:

National Minority AIDS Council to increase minority support for HIV vaccine research

Merck Pharmaceutical Inc to study ways to encourage patients with chronic deiseases to adhere to prescription medication instructions

Entertainment Industries Council to promote effective coverage of mental health issues in the media

National Recreation and Parks Association to evaluate the influences of revitalizing an inner-city DC park on minority youth physical activity and community public health policies

Fairfax County Health Literacy Initiative to enhance health information dissemination and support for vulnerable and at-risk populations in Northern Virginia

Selected Publications

Kreps, G.L., Villagran, M.M., Zhao, X., McHorney, C., Ledford, C., Weathers, M., & Keefe, B.  (2011).  Developing and validating motivational message interventions for improving prescription drug adherence with consumers confronting chronic diseases.  In R. Batra, P. Anand Kellar, & V.J. Strecher.  (Eds.). Leveraging consumer psychology for effective health communications:  The obesity challenge (pp. 233-250).  Armonk, NY:  M.E. Sharpe.

Kreps, G.L., & Finney Rutten, L.  (2011).  Building the evidence base in cancer communication:  Next steps.  In L. Finney Rutten, B. Hesse, R. Moser, & G.L. Kreps, (Eds.), Building the evidence base in cancer communication (pp. 315-322).  Cresskill, NJ:  Hampton Press.

Kreps, G.L., & Neuhauser, L.  (2010).  New directions in ehealth communication:  Opportunities and challenges.  Patient Education and Counseling, 78, 329-336. 

Kreps, G.L., & Maibach, E.W.  (2008).  Transdisciplinary science:  The nexus  between communication and  public health.  Journal of Communication, 58(4), 732-748.

Kreps, G.L., & Sivaram, R.  (2008).  The central role of strategic health communication in enhancing breast cancer outcomes across the continuum of care in limited-resource countries.  Cancer, 113(S8), 2331-2337.

Kreps, G.L.  (2008).  Strategic use of communication to market cancer prevention and control to  vulnerable populations.  Health Marketing Quarterly, 25(1/2), 204-216.

Kreps, G.L., Gustafson, D., Salovey, P., Perocchia, R.S., Wilbright, W., Bright, M.A., & Muha, C.  (2007).  The NCI Digital Divide Pilot Projects:  Implications for cancer education.  Journal of Cancer Education, 22 (Supplement 1), S56-S60.

Kreps, G.L.  (2006).  Communication and racial inequities in health care.  American Behavioral Scientist, 49(6), 760-774.

Courses Taught

399- Health Communication
400- Research Methods in Communication
600- Introduction to Graduate Studies
620- Health Communication

635- Organizational Communication
720- Consumer-Provided Health Communication
721- E-Health Communication

798- Communication Research Projects
820- Health Communication Campaigns

Dissertations Supervised

Jordan Alpert , Assessing the Communication Immediacy of an Online Health Portal: Analysis and Recommendations to Create a Communicatively Competent Health Information System (2015)

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)

Wonsun Kim, The Role of Social Support and Social Networks in Health Information Seeking Behavior Among Korean Americans: A Mixed Method Approach (2013)

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)