Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations
Dr. Sean J. Upshaw (Howard University, 2018) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Austin’s Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations in the Moody College of Communication. Dr. Upshaw is an accomplished Edward Alexander Bouchet Scholar with numerous publications in academic journals such as Health Communication, Applied Communication Research, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Health Communication, Patient Education & Counseling, and Journalism Studies. His research is centered around health disparities with a particular focus on visual information and persuasion in health message design, cultural health literacy, and cultural-media representation for historically underserved and marginalized Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Dr. Upshaw is a qualitative health communication scholar who investigates how BIPOC communities interpret and evaluate health disparity messages and how this contributes to their health decision-making. He also utilizes community-participatory and equity science approaches to contribute meaningful research involving health disparities and health inequities facing BIPOC communities using qualitative research methods. Dr. Upshaw is an active member of esteemed organizations such as the National Communication Association (NCA), the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media (AEJMC), and the Association of Medical Illustration (AMI).
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