Charee Mooney Thompson, Assistant Professor

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Research Interests

Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Family Communication
Patient-Provider Communication

Professional Information

I study health communication in personal and patient-provider relationships, specifically focusing on the role communication plays in how people understand health. My research illuminates two perspectives: individuals’ understandings of their own health and individuals’ understandings of others’ health. My first line of research examines how people’s understandings of their own health are fundamentally shaped by their identity—who they are and who they want to be in relation to health. My second research area involves investigating how healthcare providers and personal social network members experience and manage uncertainty they have when trying to understand another’s health. 


University of Texas at Austin, Communication, Ph.D.
Arizona State University, Communication, B.A., M.A.


CMN 462: Interpersonal Health Communication

Office Address

4002 Lincoln Hall
702 South Wright St
M/C 456
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Crying wolf: A thematic and critical analysis of why individuals contest family members’ health complaints

Thompson, C. M. & Duerringer, C. M., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Communication Monographs.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Dilemmas Managing Doubt about Family Members’ Health Complaints: A Normative Approach

    Thompson, C. M., Parsloe, S. & Acevedo Callejas, M., Jul 2 2020, In : Journal of Family Communication. 20, 3, p. 236-249 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Memorable Messages Parents of Children with Vascular Birthmarks Receive from Others: Implications for Stigma and Identity

    Kerr, A. M., Thompson, C. M. & Rubinsky, V., May 11 2020, In : Health communication. 35, 6, p. 685-695 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • How long-acting reversible contraception knowledge, training, and provider concerns predict referrals and placement

    Thompson, C. M., Broecker, J. & Dade, M., Nov 2019, In : Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 119, 11, p. 725-734 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Social network members' responses to friends' breakup false alarms

    Thompson, C. M., Romo, L. K., Ben-Israel, P., Owens, M. & Keita, S., Sep 1 2019, In : Personal Relationships. 26, 3, p. 406-428 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle