Dr. Kelly S. Wood


Student Success
Role: Staff
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Student Success
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 1995, The Ohio State University
  • MA, 1990, University of Dayton
  • BA, 1988, University of Dayton


  • COM 100 Introduction to Majors in Communication
  • COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills
  • COM 300 Careers in Communication
  • COM 315 Public Speaking II
  • COM 326 Effective Listening
  • COM 499 Program Assessment
  • COM 799 Master’s Thesis

Research and professional interests

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.

Awards and honors

  • Communication Graduate Faculty Award. (2007).
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. (2005).
  • Professor of the Year Award, Sigma Kappa. (2003).
  • COAL Service Awards, MSU. (2002).
  • COAL Teaching Award, MSU. (2000).
  • COAL Research Award, MSU. (2001).
  • Top Three Research Paper Award, Health Communication Division, NCA. (2000).