My research and teaching interests are primarily in interpersonal communication and relationships with an emphasis on the health care context. Additionally, I have taught organizational communication, conversational analysis and advanced public speaking. Within health communication, I prefer to study communication among health care professionals and their patients--usually physician-patient interaction in the medical interview. This does not mean I won't look at other relationship types. In fact, I look forward to broadening my horizons to nurses, dietitians, physical therapists or administrators. I believe research in health communication should be to answer questions regarding the nature of interpersonal communication and specific health outcomes. I have utilized qualitative and conversation/discourse analytic methods in my research. Previous research topics include social support among illness-related communities, computer-based social support, interactional control in doctor-patient relationships and more recently physician-patient communication and telemedicine and how advertised prescription drug ads influence communication.