Staff: George C. Kueppers, Ph.D.

George C. Kueppers

George C. Kueppers, Ph.D.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
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George Kueppers, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) and the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) of the Behavioral Research Program.

Dr. Kueppers' research focuses on the relationships between communication, learning, and behavior, particularly in the contexts of individual and collective health as well as health-related public policy. Additional areas of interest within DCCPS include cancer-related behavioral interventions, communicating cancer risk factors, healthcare disparities for sexual and gender minority communities and individuals with physical disabilities, health communication technology, and increasing public awareness and knowledge about cancer prevention and control.

Dr. Kueppers hails from Minnesota where he earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Global Studies at Concordia College. He went on to receive a master's degree in Strategic Communication at George Mason University, where he also recently completed his Ph.D. in Health Communication. Dr. Kueppers' doctoral dissertation focused on undergraduate students' interpersonal mental health communication, health-related stigma, social support, self-disclosure, and help-seeking behaviors.

Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Robin Vanderpool and Chipper Dean.

Research Areas

  • Cancer-related, communication-based behavioral interventions
  • Communicating emerging cancer risk factors (behavioral and psychological, substance use, obesity)
  • Communication and information sharing between cancer research, media, and clinical settings
  • Public awareness and knowledge about cancer prevention and control
  • Communication technology and health disparities

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Kueppers GC, Malterud A, Wright K. Immigrant/international student use of online mental health resources: A quantitative investigation of factors influencing stress, depression, and motivations for seeking mental health information and support online. South Commun J 2022 17:68-74.
  • Broeckelman-Post MA, Hyatt-Hawkins K, Murphy J, Otusanya A, Kueppers GC. The impact of gender and introductory communication course type on public speaking performance. Commun Teach 2020 34; 1:53-67.
  • Kueppers GC. How narrative storytelling on social media affects help seeking behavioral intention (HSBI): Empirically testing BetterHelp's mental health digital marketing strategy. National Communication Association 107th Annual Conference. 2021.
  • Kueppers GC, Murphy A, Ramezani N, Shaw C, Taxman F, Zhao X. Thematic Panel Discussion: "Have it Your Way: Perceived Communication Effectiveness in Criminal Justice." Presented at the American Society of Criminology's 76th Annual Conference. 2020.
  • Kueppers GC. Understanding mental health communication self-efficacy (MHCSE): exploratory factor analysis, behavioral determinants, and health outcomes across student racial and socioeconomic demographics. National Communication Association 106th Annual Conference. 2020.

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