About Maria Brann

Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

Review: Academy of Communication in Healthcare communication tools

The COVID-19 communication tools from the Academy of Communication in Healthcare offers health providers simple strategies for more effective communication. The Academy of Communication in Healthcare is providing free quick tip resources on their webpage to help providers communicate withRead More
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Review: The good, the bad and the ugly: a lesson in COVID crisis communications from Victoria’s CHO

In this article, a chief health officer argues that communication about COVID-19 must be immediate and transparent. Similar to other countries, Australia’s government was slow to inform people about the severity of COVID-19 in a timely manner. However, Brett Sutton,Read More
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Review: Leadership under fire: how governments manage crisis communication

In a mixed methods study, researchers found that effective crisis leaders provide information updates and emotional coping advice. During crises, people look to government for guidance, protection, and stability. Effective government crisis communication leaders exhibit the following competencies: crisis perceptiveness,Read More
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Review: COVID-19: Are we getting the communications right?

In an editorial, UK’s government was criticized for being slow to respond to the pandemic by not following instructive experiences from other countries. China’s aggressive approach to locking down cities has slowed the spread of the virus in its countryRead More
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Review: Public health communications and alert fatigue

In this randomized control trial, health care providers were less likely to accurately recall information when overloaded with too much and too frequent communication during an emergency. Information delivered too frequently and/or repetitively through multiple communication channels can have aRead More
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Review: An introduction to risk communication during epidemics and pandemics

In this paper series on risk communication in times of an epidemic or pandemic, an international interdisciplinary team determined that transparent communication can build credibility and trust during a pandemic. The most important components of successful communication during a pandemicRead More
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Review: How much should the public know about who has the coronavirus?

This New York Times article suggests utilizing communicative approaches similar to Taiwan could provide Americans with transparency while protecting their privacy. Currently in the United States, privacy seems to be trumping transparency, even though transparent communication has long been toutedRead More
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