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Dr. Lauren Frank, PhD


  Assistant Professor
  Office phone: 503.725.3575
  Summer Office Hours: By appointment beginning 9/16/2014
  University Center Building 440
  Office: 440D






PhD | University of Southern California
MHS | John Hopkins University
BA | Princeton University

Focus Areas

Health communication
Mass communication

Research Interests

Public health communication
Media effects
Theories of influence
Organizational and small group communication

Courses Taught

Comm 316: Communication, Individuals, and Discourse
Comm 410/510: Health Communication Campaigns
Comm 423/523: Organizational Communication 


Dr. Lauren Frank specializes in public health communication, organizational communication, and mass media research.  She is particularly interested in how people's work, media, and social environments may influence their health decisions.  Her recent research projects have included a social network analysis of the influence of work groups on individual's social norms and attitudes.  She has also worked with the BBC World Service Trust and the InterMedia Research Collaborative to examine the influence of media campaigns on behaviors.  Lauren is currently conducting research for NIH grants examining the multi-level influences on cervical cancer prevention.


Khosla, V., Mikami, A., Frank, L. B., Popal, I., Debeljak, K., & Shaw, A. (2013). Combating violence against women through C4D: The Use Your Voice campaign and its implications on audience-citizens in Papua New Guinea. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2087-2104. 

Moran, M.D., Murphy, S. T., Frank, L. B., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2013). The ability of narrative communication to address health-related social norms. International Review of Social Research, 3(2), 131-149.

Murphy, S. T., Frank, L., B., Chatterjee, J. S., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2013). Narrative versus nonnarrative: The role of identification, transportation, and emotion in reducing health disparities.Journal of Communication, 63(1), 116-137. doi:10.1111/jcom.12007 

Frank, L. B., Chatterjee, J. S., Chaudhuri, S., Lapsansky, C., Bhanot, A., & Murphy, S. T. (2012). Conversation and compliance: Role of interpersonal discussion and social norms in public communication campaigns.Journal of Health Communication, 17(9), 1050-1067. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2012.665426 

Murphy, S. T., Frank, L. B., Moran, M., & Woodley, P. (2011). Involved, transported or emotional? Exploring the determinants of change in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior, in entertainment education. Journal of Communication, 61(3), 407-431. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2011.01554.x

Monge, P., Lee, S., Fulk, J., Frank, L. B., Margolin, D., Schultz, C., Shen, C., & Weber, M. (2011). Evolutionary and ecological models for organizational communication. In V. Miller, M. S. Poole, D. R. Seibold and Associates, Advancing research in organizational communication through quantitative methodology, Management Communication Quarterly, 25(1), 4-58. doi: 10.1177/0893318910390193

Monge, P., Lee, S., Fulk, J., Weber, M., Shen, C., Schultz, C., Margolin, D., Gould, J., & Frank, L. B. (2011). Research methods for studying evolutionary and ecological processes in organizational communication. Management Communication Quarterly, 25(2), 211-251. doi: 10.1177/0893318911399447

Murphy, S. T., Cody, M., Frank, L. B., Glik, D., & Ang, A. (2009). Predictors of emergency preparedness and compliance. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 3(2), 1-10. doi:10.1097/DMP.0b013e3181a9c6c5.

Chatterjee, J. S., Bhanot, A., Frank, L. B., Murphy, S. T., & Power, G. (2009). The importance of interpersonal discussion and self-efficacy in knowledge, attitude, and practice models. International Journal of Communication, 3, 607-634.

Recent Work

Curriculum vitae