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Robert A. Bell PhD

Robert A. Bell, PhD


395 Kerr Hall
Davis , CA 95616
Office Phone: (530) 752-9933


  1. Professor Bell earned his doctorate degree in the College of Communication at the University of Texas, Austin in 1984.


Professor Bell served on the faculties at Northwestern University and the University of Pittsburgh before coming to UC Davis in 1987. He has a long standing interest in communication and social influence processes, and has applied this interest in the domains of prescription drug advertising, health information seeking, language strategies in health promotion, and physician-patient interaction.

Dr. Bell has a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a member of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. He has published nearly 100 articles and chapters a wide variety of outlets in communication, medicine, and public health. Bell regularly teaches courses in persuasion theory, health communication, research methods, and media and health.


keywords: health communication, medical communication


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