- Ph.D., College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin, 1984
- M.A., Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1981
- B.S., Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1980
Professor Bell, a health communication specialist, has a longstanding interest in communication and social influence processes. He has applied this interest in the domains of prescription drug advertising, health information seeking, language strategies in health promotion, and physician-patient interaction. He has a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health Sciences.
Professor Bell is the author or coauthor of more than 100 articles and book chapters a wide variety of outlets in communication, medicine and public health.
- Grasso, K. L.,* Bell, R. A. (2015). Understanding health information seeking: A test of the risk perception attitude framework. Journal of Health Communication, 20, 1406-1414.
- Bell, R. A. , McDermott, H., Fancher, T. L., Green, M. J., Day, F., & Wilkes, M. S. (2015, March). Impact of a randomized control educational trial to improve physician practice behaviors around screening for inherited breast cancer. Journal of General Internal Medicine 30(3): 334–41. doi:10.1007/s11606-014-3113-5
- Li, S.,* Feng, B., Chen, M., & Bell, R. A. (2015). Physician review websites: Effects of the proportion and position of negative reviews on readers’ willingness to choose the doctor. Journal of Health Communication, 20(4): 453–461.
- Bell, R. A., McGlone, M. S., & Dragojevic, M. (2014) Vicious viruses and vigilant vaccines: Effects of linguistic agency assignment in health policy advocacy. Journal of Health Communication, 19(10): 1178–1195. doi:10.1080/10810730.2013.811330
- Bell, R.A., Kravitz, R.L. (2014). Direct observation and coding of physician-patient interactions. In B. Whaley (Ed.), Research Methods in Health Communication: Principles and Application. New York: Routledge.
- Bell, R. A., McGlone, M. S., & Dragojevic, M. (2014). Bacteria as bullies: Effects of linguistic agency assignment in health message. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 340-358.
* First author: graduate student
Robert Bell regularly teaches courses in health communication, research methods, and media and health.