Andrew Tollison

Academic Title

  • Associate Professor, Communication and Media

Administrative Support

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Quantitative Research Methods

The focus of my research centers on interactions within the patient-provider relationship. Research in this area includes how the awareness of self-relevant stereotypes influence the dissemination of information within the patient-provider relationship. Additionally, I am interested in how individuals communicatively cope with chronic illness, specifically cancer. I have 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. My work has appeared in publications such as Patient Education and Counseling, Health Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research.

  • Ph.D. Communication University of Texas, Austin
  • M.S. Communication University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • B.S. Communication University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Health Literacy
  • Patient-Provider Interactions
  • Stereotypes and Stigma Surrounding Illness

Tollison, A. C., & Winslow, L. (2017). “LoveLife: A Critical Analysis of Health Communication Strategies in a South African HIV-Prevention Campaign.” Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 73, 27-49.

Rossetto, K. R., & Tollison, A. C. (2017). “Feminist Agency, Sexual Scripts and Sexual Violence: Developing a Model of Post-gendered Family Communication.” Family Relations, 66, 61-74.

Tollison, A. C., & Turner, J. S. (Accepted: 9-Feb-2017). “Cooperating Across Classrooms: Experiential and Cooperative Learning Through Design and Implementation of Health Campaign Messages.” Pedagogy in Health Promotion (Online First).

Donovan, E. E., Thompson, C. M., LeFebvre, L., & Tollison, A. C. (2017). “Emerging Adult Confidants’ Judgments of Parental Openness: Developing a Model of Disclosure Quality and Post-Disclosure Relational Closeness.” Communication Monographs, 84, 179-199.

Donovan-Kicken, E., Mackert, M., Guinn, T. D., Tollison, A. C., & Breckinridge, B. (2013). “Sources of Patient Uncertainty When Reviewing Medical Disclosure and Consent Documentation.” Patient Education and Counseling, 90, 254-260.

Brooks, A. M., & Tollison, A. C. (2012). “Teaching Persuasion and Audience Analysis via Advertising and Infomercials.” In F. Mullen & W. Mullen (Eds.). Teaching Communication Creatively. Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Press.

Donovan-Kicken, E., Mackert, M., Guinn, T. D., Tollison, A. C., Breckinridge, B., & Pont, S. J. (2012). “Health Literacy, Self-Efficacy and Patients’ Assessment of Medical Disclosure and Consent Documentation.” Health Communication, 27, 581-590.

Donovan-Kicken, E., Tollison, A. C., & Goins, E. S. (2012). “The Nature of Communication Work During Cancer: Advancing the Theory of Illness Trajectories.” Health Communication, 27, 641-652.

Donovan-Kicken, E., Tollison, A. C., & Goins, E. S. (2011). “A Grounded Theory of Control Over Communication Among Individuals With Cancer.” Journal of Applied Communication Research, 39, 310-330.

Brooks, A. M., & Tollison, A. C. (2009). “Making Verbal Pauses Taboo : Gaming to Improve Communication.” Communication & Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 36, 134-138.

  • Top Paper Award, Southern States Communication Association, Interpersonal Communication Division, 2017.
  • Top Four Paper Award, National Communication Association, Applied Communication Division, 2011.
  • Top Four Paper Award, National Communication Association, Family Communication Division, 2011.
  • Outstanding Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, 2010.
  • Outstanding Lecturer, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2007.