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Department of Communication and Media

Andrew Tollison

Assistant Professor of Communication

Communication Arts & Sciences

Dr. Tollison specializes in health and interpersonal communication, with an emphasis on the harmful effects of stereotypes in healthcare.


Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Research Methods


The focus of his work in this area centers on how the awareness of self-relevant stereotypes influence the dissemination of information within the patient-provider relationship.

In addition to his work with stereotypes, Dr. Tollison is interested in how individuals communicatively cope with chronic illness, specifically cancer. He has published on topics ranging from patient uncertainty and health literacy as they relate to medical documentation to the role of communication within the cancer trajectory.

His work has appeared in publications such as Patient Education and CounselingHealth Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research.




Room 306A, Cushing Hall