Assistant Professor of Communication
Communication and Media
Dr. Tollison specializes in health and interpersonal communication, with an emphasis on the harmful effects of stereotypes in healthcare.
Dr. Tollison is the faculty advisor for Merrimack College’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association official honor society, and he also serves as the department’s Internship Coordinator.
- Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
- M.S. University of Tennessee
- B.S. University of Tennessee
- Health Communication
- Health Campaigns
- Lying and Deception
- Intro to Applied Communication
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 Counseling, Health Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research.