Faculty Profile for Dr. Melinda Villagran

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Dr. Melinda Villagran
Professor — Department of Communication Studies
CENT 301
phone: (512) 245-1356

Biography Section

Teaching Interests

Health communication campaigns and interventions;
Communication in Health Organizations; Empirical Research Methods; Training and Development; Population and Community Health; Team Science

Research Interests

communication in hospitals; patient and provider communication; population and community health interventions; communication about sexual risk behaviors, cancer, end of life; communication with marginalized patient populations (Persons with disabilities, Latinos, women, older adults); communication training; interdisciplinary teams; research mentoring; undergraduate research

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Villagran, M. M. (2017). Translating Research to Reality: Team Science. Engaging Research (1st ed., Vol. 1). Retrieved from http://gato-docs.its.txstate.edu/jcr:5491dab0-03e6-4e20-a406-ed923bb4c80a/ORSP%20Newsletter%20Fall%202017.pdf
  • Villagran, M. M., MacArthur, B. L., Lee, L. E., Ledford CJW, & Canzona, M. R. (2017). Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions. Behavioral Sciences (Basel, Switzerland), 7(2). https://doi.org/10.3390/bs7020030
  • MacArthur, B. L., Dailey, S. L., & Villagran, M. M. (2016). Understanding healthcare providers’ professional identification: The role of interprofessional communication in the vocational socialization of physicians. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 5, 11–17.
  • Canzona, M. R., Peterson, E. B., Villagran, M. M., & Seehusen, D. A. (2015). Constructing and Communicating Privacy Boundaries: How Family Medicine Physicians Manage Patient Requests for Religious Disclosure in the Clinical Interaction. Health Communication, 30(10), 1001–1012.
  • MacArthur, B. L., & Villagran, M. M. (2015). Instructor Misbehaviors as Digital Expectancy Violations What Students Despise and What They Let Slide. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 1077695814566046.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. 2014
  • Award / Honor Nominee: GMU Emerging Scholar, University-level Research Award, GMU. 2010
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Merit. 2009
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Merit. 2008
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Merit. 2005

Selected Grants

  • Villagran, Melinda Morris. Summer Research Enhancement Grant funding for research on organizational communication in health care environments, Texas State University. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
  • Villagran, Melinda Morris (Principal). Communicating about Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Mexican-Americans, GMU Provost’s Office Summer Funding, Institutional (Higher Ed). (Funded: 2008). Grant.
  • Villagran, Melinda Morris. Summer Research Enhancement Grant funding for research on communicating about cancer., University of Texas Health Science Center, Institutional (Higher Ed). (Funded: 2004). Grant.
  • Villagran, Melinda Morris. Summer Research Enhancement Grant funding for research on organizational communication in health care environments, Texas State University. (Funded: 2002). Grant.
  • Villagran, Melinda Morris. Statistical analysis of data for Oklahoma home healthcare organizations, Oklahoma Home Healthcare Association. (Funded: 2000). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Other
Faculty Development
2018-Present
Texas State Representative at National Meeting in Washington DC
Research America
2018-Present
Featured in Texas State video on Research for Board of Regents
2018-Present
Speaker
University Of Oklahoma
2018-Present
Member
Hays County Early Childhood Coalition
2018-Present