Brenda MacArthur

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Dr. Brenda MacArthur is Message Design Faculty and Health Communication Research Lead in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. With a background in communication, health care, and curriculum design and assessment, Dr. MacArthur brings a unique perspective to designing and delivering evidence-based communication training for scientists and medical professionals. Much of Dr. MacArthur’s work is translational and centered on the intersection of health and instructional communication to improve the quality and continuity of health care for patients and improve health outcomes for patients and communities. She has designed and delivered accredited continuing medical education programs to thousands of health care professionals nationwide. Dr. MacArthur is passionate about creating learning opportunities that help highly skilled communicators further refine their skills to achieve the best outcomes with their intended audiences. As a communication researcher, her work explores topics such as health literacy, organizational socialization, interdisciplinary teams, patient adherence, and communication motives. Dr. MacArthur holds a Ph.D. in Health Communication from George Mason University, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Texas State University, and a B.A. in Communication from Bryant University.

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Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Message Design Faculty