Dr. Sara LaBelle (B.A., Canisius College, M.A., Ph.D., West Virginia University) is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department and a core faculty member for the Strategic and Corporate Communication (SCC) major in the department. Her primary area of study is in Health Communication, with a secondary area of emphasis in Instructional Communication. Her research focuses on the most effective means of implementing, disseminating, and evaluating health communication campaigns and health information in patient-provider care, as well as on improving the outcomes of these endeavors using knowledge on the teaching-learning process. Her dissertation work focused specifically on developing and validating a stronger measurement of health literacy for use in social science research. Dr. LaBelle has published her work in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Personal Relationships, Communication Education, Western Journal of Communication, The Journal of Health Communication, Southern Communication Journal, and Communication Research Reports. Her work has also been acknowledged for several top paper awards in the fields of instructional and health communication for both regional and national communication conventions. Dr. LaBelle is currently an active member of the Eastern, National, and International Communication Associations.
She teaches courses in group communication, interpersonal communication, health communication, empirical and applied research methods, and introductory courses for the SCC major. Dr. LaBelle also enjoys working with undergraduate students on independent collaborative research projects, and is currently working with students to further explore the impact and influence of health literacy in a variety of health and social contexts.