Below are two lists: (1) students currently working in HCAT lab and (2) former HCAT students (with their current place of employment).

Current Students

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sean Upshaw: Post-Doctoral Fellow, HCAT lab – On the market Fall 2019.

Sean Upshaw (Ph.D) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Health Communication and Technology (HCAT) lab. He received his doctorate from The Cathy Hughes School of Communication at Howard University in May 2018. Sean’s research interests include health and cancer communication, media representation of health narratives, health literacy, and health disparities. Prior to his doctorate, Sean earned an MA in Psychological Anthropology and a B.A. in Biomedical Illustration from the University of Memphis.

Helen Lillie: Post-Doctoral Fellow, HCAT Lab – on the market Fall 2019.


Melinda “Mindy” Krakow: Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute – On the Market Fall 2019.

Mindy Krakow (Ph.D., M.PH.) is a senior Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute. Her primary research program draws from social and behavioral scientific theories to investigate cancer communication through survey and experimental methodology. Current projects include narrative persuasion messaging for cancer prevention, eyetracking studies of digital cancer media, family genetic communication, and implementation of rural cancer communication services. Mindy brings ten years of professional experience in mass media (most recently CBS Radio) prior to earning her doctoral degree in Health Communication at the University of Utah and her MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Doctoral Students

Elizabeth “Liz” Giorgi: 3rd Year Doctoral student, University of Utah – On the Market Fall 2020.

Liz Giorgi is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Utah, where her research interests include science communication, media effects, and narrative. She was a 2017-2018 Global Change and Sustainability Center Fellow. A former newspaper reporter with beats in health/wellness and the arts, she earned a BS in Journalism at Boston University and an MFA in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University. Her creative work is forthcoming in Fourth Genre.

Julia Berger: 3rd Year Doctoral Student, HCAT lab – On the market Fall 2020


MA Students

Rachael Katz: 2nd Year MA student, University of Utah.

After graduation from Cal Poly with a major in communication studies and a minor in psychology, Rachael is continuing her education by pursuing a masters in communication with and emphasis in health communication. Her interest in this topic was fostered while writing her undergrad senior project which researched how nonverbal communication and framing influence decision making in a medical setting.

Before pursing her masters, Rachael worked with many health oriented non-profits, such as Make-a-Wish Foundation and The American Heart Association.

Former Students

Manusheela Pokharel (Ph.D., 2019): Assistant Professor, Texas State University

Katheryn Christy (Ph.D., 2016): Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kevin K. John (Ph.D., 2015): Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Melinda M. Krakow (Ph.D., 2015): Cancer Prevention Fellow, National Cancer Institute

Lisa Guntzviller (Ph.D., 2013): Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Courtney L. Scherr (Ph.D., 2013): Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

Andy J. King (Ph.D., 2012): Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Nick Carcioppolo (Ph.D., 2012): Assistant Professor, University of Miami

Robert Yale (Ph.D., 2011): Assistant Professor, University of Dallas