University of Texas Professor’s Lecture Will Address Interprofessional Communication in Hospitals

Keri Stephens
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Oct. 30, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 30, 2015) – Keri Stephens, Ph.D., associate professor in communication studies and the associate director for partnerships with the Center for Health Communication at the University of Texas, will offer a new perspective about communication to Baylor students by drawing from her diverse background in both the hard and social sciences.

Stephens will present “So Many Communication Technology Options and So Many Communication Misses: Coordinating Interprofessional Communication in Hospital Settings” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Castellaw Communications Building Room 101 on Baylor’s campus.

Stephens has published more than 50 articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries and won many prestigious awards. She teaches courses in organizational communication, contemporary communication in meetings and community technologies. She is also a highly regarded educator. In 2013, she was selected for the Eyes of Texas Excellence in Teaching Award.

With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in communication, one of Stephens’ primary contexts of interest for communication technology research is health care organizations.

“Stephens’ mixed background in the hard and soft sciences results in a profound ability to explain complicated research to a general audience,” said Ashley Barrett, Ph.D., lecturer in communication at Baylor. “Students from a wide range of majors and interest backgrounds will undoubtedly benefit from her lecture.”

Barrett hopes the lecture will benefit attendees, both practically and academically, by providing an understanding of the current challenges and changes to technology in the health care industry.

“Technology use in health care organizations is an ever-increasing and evolving phenomenon,” Barrett said. “We should educate ourselves on how health professionals are currently using technology to enhance patient care. We should also educate ourselves on how we can use technology, as consumers, to become more involved in our own health care.”

This event is free and open to the public. Castellaw Communications Building is located at 219 Baylor Ave.

For more information, contact Ashley Barrett.

by Bethany Harper , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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