Awards & Honors

Research Awards and Honors

Top paper/panel Awards

Top panel award for the Health Communication Division of ICA (2017, 2003, 2001).

Top panel award for the Interpersonal Communication Division of NCA (2009).

Top panel award for the Interpersonal Communication Division of ICA (2008).

Top three paper award of the Applied Communication Division of SSCA (2000).

Top panel award for the Health Communication Division of NCA (1998, 1996, 1993).

Top four paper award for the Gender Studies Division of SSCA (1995).

Top panel award for the Instructional Division of Eastern Communication Association (1994).

Top paper award for the Gender Studies Division of SSCA/CSCA (1993).

Top three paper for the Bostrom Young Scholars Award of SSCA (1991).

Top three paper of the Communication Theory Division of SSCA (1991).

Other Awards

Spotlight Graduate Scholar, University of Georgia, Department of Communication Studies (2018).

Spotlight Scholar, Chapman University, School of Communication (2018).

Curriculum created (Youth Message Development) listed on SAMHSA’s NREPP as “effective” ATOD program; an independent evaluation of program effectiveness data (2017).

Advisee (Catona) received four awards for dissertation (listed next)

Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association (2016).

Dissertation of the Year Award, Communication and Aging Division, NCA (2015).

Top Student Paper Award, Health Communication Division, NCA (2015).

Top Student Paper Award, Applied Communication Division, NCA (2015).

School of Communication and Information, “Friend of the Program” for outstanding contributions to doctoral education, Rutgers University (2013).

Eastern Communication Association’s Article of the Year Award (2011).

National Communication Association (NCA) Applied Communication Division Distinguished Scholarship Award for Scholarly Journal Article (2009).

School of Communication and Information, Doctoral Program Advisor of the Year, Rutgers University (2009).

Nominated Research Mentor of the Year, Rutgers University Aresty Research Center (2006-2007).

Advisee (Banerjee) received joint International Communication Association (ICA)/National

Communication Association (NCA) Health Communication Dissertation of the year (2005).

School of Communication & Information, Excellence in Research, Rutgers University (2003-04).

Department of Communication Excellence in Research Award, Rutgers University (2003-04).

Keynote address presented at the 2002 annual meeting of Southern States Communication Association, Winston-Salem, NC (2002).

Spotlight Research Program (disclosure and HIV) at NCA (2001).

East Carolina University’s nominee for CSGS Achievement Award in the Social Sciences,

Business and Education (1998).

Received Early Career Research Award from SSCA (1997).

Nominated by ECU as Fellow at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1996).

New Professional Paper Award given by the Family Health section of the National Council on

Family Relations (1994).

Recipient of the East Carolina Univ. College Research Award (94-95) (research leave Spring 1995).

Recipient of the joint Outstanding Dissertation Award for the Health Communication Divisions of ICA & NCA (1994).

Recipient of the G. R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award of SCA (1993).

OSCLG (Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender) Outstanding Conference Paper award (1992-93).

Recipient of the Bostrom Young Scholars Award of SSCA (Communication Theory) (1992).

University-wide Graduate Research Assistantship (competitive), UGA (1988-92).

Runner up, Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis award of OSCLG for thesis (1990).