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.

Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – March 8, 2021

This week’s review of research addressing communication and COVID-19 focuses on social media, with many studies focusing specifically on Twitter. Here is what we know: Public’s Views of Social Media Social media is widely used by nearly all segments ofRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – March 1, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication This week, The Atlantic reported how public health messaging about the COVID-19 vaccine has backfired. Instead of presenting a balanced optimism since the vaccines have been launched in the United States, the focus has been on negativityRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – February 22, 2021

Using Communication in Multiple Ways During the Pandemic In this commentary, the authors reviewed recent literature about the health effects of quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many of the effects may be negative, communication channels can help to re-establishRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – February 8, 2021

Characteristics of COVID-19 Spokespersons In this study, scholars studied the COVID-19 communication from 20 heads of government from around the world. Understanding the language used is important because it has been shown to affect compliance for public health recommendations. ParticularlyRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – February 1, 2021

Strategies to Continue Encouraging COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors Even with the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, a group of international scholars are urging health experts and government officials to not relent on persuading people to continue recommended safety precautions such as mask-wearingRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – January 25, 2021

Vaccine-related Communication With the push to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, this study assessed theoretically sound psychosocial predictors of people’s willingness to get the vaccine. Results revealed that when individuals had positive attitudes towards the vaccine and perceived thereRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – January 19, 2021

This week, we explore how communication surrounding COVID-19 has affected specific minority populations in the United States. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people of color, and their lack of knowledge about the virus may be increasing that effect. In this researchRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – January 11, 2021

Combatting COVID-19 Misinformation The majority of communication-related articles this week focus on the effects of COVID-19 misinformation and offer recommendations for addressing it. Research has demonstrated that excessive information, especially misinformation, has a negative psychological effect on people. In aRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – December 21, 2020

Messaging Strategies This week, WISE Indiana’s own Dr. Ross Silverman and an interdisciplinary team of researchers at IUPUI explored the use and effectiveness of metaphors when describing the COVID-19 vaccine. From war to travel to even gaming, the researchers notedRead More
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Weekly Review: Communicating COVID-19 – December 14, 2020

Tailoring Messages to Specific Population Needs Targeting specific populations during the pandemic offers health communicators a more tailored approach for informing and persuading individuals about recommended COVID-19 behaviors. For example, scientists already know that COVID-19 disproportionately affects African American communitiesRead More
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