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Elle Johnson

Title of Program:  Health Communication and Promotion

E-mail Address:  ejohn100@vols.utk.edu

Hometown:  Dunlap, TN

Year:  Senior

Anticipated Graduation Date:  Spring 2018

Description of Program:  My program primarily investigates how we send messages about health interpersonally and what can be be done on a broader structural and policy level to make these often difficult conversations more efficient towards overall wellbeing. Specfically, I am interested in communication revolving chronic and terminal illnesses, as well as the parent-child relationship as caretaker roles evolve over time.

Departmental Emphases:  Communication Studies, Public Health, Psychology

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Laura Miller, School of Communication Studies

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a PhD in Communication Studies with an emphasis in interpersonal health communication and work in academia as a professor conducting research on the interpersonal dynamics surrounding health in rural communities.

Study Abroad: 

  • Summer 2016: University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Spring 2017: University of Sydney, Australia

Research Experiences or Internships: 

  • 2013-2014: Youth Ambassador/Spokesperson, Donate Life Tennessee
  • 2016: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Development of Adolescents and Young Adults Lab
  • 2017: Media and Communications Intern, Cancer Council NSW, Australia

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: 

  • The Daily Beacon, Weekly Opinion Columnist
  • Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT), Executive Board
  • Science Saturday Club Volunteer, Pond Gap Elementary School
  • Community Coordinated Task Force for Sexual Assault, Student Advisory Board


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