Keynote Speaker

27th Annual Student Research Conference

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Ohs

Wednesday, April 17, at 12:00 pm in University Center Ballroom A

Keynote Address Title: When Research is Beautiful

Dr. Ohs received her Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her research interests include interpersonal and health communication, with an emphasis on aging and intergenerational communication. Her research focuses on topics such as end-of-life care decisions within families, health decisions in older adulthood, ageism in society, and how people manage their personal health information throughout the adult lifespan. Dr. Ohs’ work has been published in numerous journals, including Health Communication, The Journal of Family Communication, and American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, as well as in books, such as Narrating Patienthood: Engaging Diverse Voices on Health, Communication, and the Patient Experience (2019), Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication: Theoretical & Applied Approaches (2011, 2015) and The Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research (2009). As Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Saint Louis University in the Department of Communication, Dr. Ohs enthusiastically supports undergraduate and graduate student research endeavors through teaching, mentoring, and collaborative research.


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