Rachel Smith

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

Rachel Smith

Research Summary

Quantitative social scientist whose interests lie broadly in social influence and social systems, specializing on power, networks, and stigma. Design and evaluation of effective health campaigns. Infectious diseases and genomics.

Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Communication Health Antibiotics Game Theory Stigma Public Health Stigmatization Infectious Diseases Group Infection Communication Theory Social Network Genes Contagious Disease Anti Bacterial Agents Instruction Pediatrics Metaphor Microbial Drug Resistance Linguistics Community Human Being Experiments Experiment Campaign

Most Recent Papers

How Americans Make Sense of Two Novel Pandemics

Edward L. Fink, Rachel A. Smith, Deborah A. Cai, Heeyoung Jung, Joseph Woelfel, 2021, Health Communication

A stress buffering perspective on the progression of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Xi Tian, Denise Haunani Solomon, Rachel A. Smith, 2020, Health Communication on p. 747-755

Communal Innovations

Rachel A. Smith, Youllee Kim, Stephen A. Matthews, Eleanore D. Sternberg, Dimi Théodore Doudou, Matthew B. Thomas, 2020, Journal of Health Communication on p. 1-10

Standing out while fitting in

Xun Zhu, Rachel A. Smith, 2020, Communication Monographs

Precise Persuasion

Rachel A. Smith, Edward L. Fink, Adriana Romano, Nkuchia M. M’ikanatha, 2020, Journal of Health Communication on p. 1-14

Exploring patterns of social relationships among food bloggers on twitter using a social network analysis approach

Allison D. Hepworth, Jess Kropczynski, Justin Walden, Rachel A. Smith, 2019, Journal of Social Structure

Dynamic and game theory of infectious disease stigmas

Timothy Reluga, Rachel Annette Smith, David Peter Hughes, 2019, Journal of Theoretical Biology on p. 95-107

Insights into stigma management communication theory

Rachel A. Smith, Rachael E. Bishop, 2019, Journal of Applied Communication Research on p. 571-590

Understanding the Effects of Stigma Messages

Rachel A. Smith, Xun Zhu, Edward L. Fink, 2019, Health Communication on p. 424-436

Consumer use of provider quality report cards: the role of dissemination and media coverage

Neeraj Bhandari, Dennis P. Scanlon, Yunfeng Shi, Rachel A. Smith, 2019, Medical Care

Most-Cited Papers

Antibiotic resistance: a primer and call to action

Rachel A. Smith, Nkuchia M. M’ikanatha, Andrew F. Read, 2015, Health Communication on p. 309-314

Defining genes using “blueprint” versus “instruction” metaphors: Effects for genetic determinism, response efficacy, and perceived control

Roxanne Parrott, Rachel Annette Smith, 2014, Health Communication on p. 137-146

An Experimental Test of Stigma Communication Content with a Hypothetical Infectious Disease Alert

Rachel Annette Smith, 2012, Communication Monographs on p. 522-538

Infectious Disease Stigmas: Maladaptive in Modern Society

Rachel A. Smith, David Hughes, 2014, Communication Studies on p. 132-138

Preparing for Antibiotic Resistance Campaigns

Rachel A. Smith, Madisen Quesnell, Lydia Glick, Nicole Hackman, Nkuchia M. M'Ikanatha, 2015, Journal of Health Communication on p. 1433-1440

Testing the Model of Stigma Communication with a Factorial Experiment in an Interpersonal Context

Rachel A. Smith, 2014, Communication Studies on p. 154-173

Living with a rare health condition

Xun Zhu, Rachel Annette Smith, Roxanne L. Parrott, 2017, Journal of Applied Communication Research on p. 179-198

Segmenting an Audience into the Own, the Wise, and Normals

Rachel A. Smith, 2012, Communication Research Reports on p. 257-265

Mental representations of HPV in Appalachia

Rachel A. Smith, Roxanne L. Parrott, 2012, Journal of Health Psychology on p. 917-928

Reducing unwarranted antibiotic use for pediatric acute otitis media: the influence of physicians' explanation and instruction on parent compliance with ‘watchful waiting’

Erina L. MacGeorge, Emily P. Caldes, Rachel A. Smith, Nicole M. Hackman, Alyssa San Jose, 2017, Journal of Applied Communication Research on p. 333-345