Shelly Hovick, Ph.D.

Shelly Hovick is a Kellogg Health Scholar at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Center for Research on Minority Health. Prior to her current position at MD Anderson, Hovick was research assistant at the Southern Center for Communication, Health and Poverty at the University of Georgia. Hovick completed her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Georgia in 2009.

Research Interests and Projects

Ms. Hovick’s research interests lie in the area of health communication, focusing specifically on how people seek and process health information. Her research seeks to understand the factors that to disparities in health knowledge and information availability as well as the ways that communication interventions influence risk perceptions and stimulate information seeking. Most recently, Hovick is investigating risk perceptions for chronic disease (heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer) among Mexican Americans with colleagues from MD Anderson and the National Human Genome Research Institute. This study tests whether providing personalized risk assessments based on family health history will change disease risk perceptions among this vulnerable group.

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Hovick, S., Johnson-Turbes, A., Freimuth, V., & Chervin, D. Assessing multiple health risk perceptions and responses among the southern poor: A focus group approach. Preventing Chronic Disease. In Press.