LPE Choice Scholar Lecture: Professor Smith presents Celebration Drinking: The Effects of Social Media and/or Social Norms

Event Date: 

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Theater & Dance 1701

Event Price: 


Event Contact: 

Dr. Cynthia Stohl, Department of Communication

Professor Sandi Smith will present the 2017 LPE Choice Scholar Lecture on Celebration Drinking:  The Effects of Social Media and/or Social Norms.

Sandi W. Smith  (Ph.D. Communication, University of Southern California) is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University and past Director of the Health and Risk Communication Center. Professor Smith ‘s research and teaching are in the areas of persuasion, communication theory, and interpersonal communication. Across her career, Professor Smith has focused upon health-related questions addressing ways to encourage college students to consume alcohol moderately, if at all; persuade people to carry signed and witnessed organ donor cards and to engage in family discussion about their decisions related to organ donation, and the impact of memorable messages received from important others on health behaviors. Professor Smith also studies breast cancer risk messages and relational communication between people in the criminal justice system.. Professor Smith’s research has been funded by private foundations and governmental agencies and she has published in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Health Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Professor Smith has received many accolades for her teaching and research from student groups, professional associations, and the universities at which she has worked. She has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University, she is a Fellow of, and has received the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award from, the International Communication Association, and is a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. Professor Smith serves on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Communication and Dissemination Advisory Panel.