You are here: Home / News / Xun Zhu and Amber K. Worthington receive top student paper honors from NCA

Xun Zhu and Amber K. Worthington receive top student paper honors from NCA

We congratulate graduate students Xun Zhu and Amber K. Worthington on their top student paper in the Applied Division of the National Communication Association. The paper is titled "Users' Evaluations of Health Information Websites and the Impact of Message Features and Genetic Determinism on Information Diffusion: Insights into the Sharing of Science."

 

"This paper stems from work we did as research assistants on Dr. Rachel A. Smith’s grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the grant is to examine how people living with a genetic condition, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD), make medical decisions and how these decisions, together with discrimination and genetic stigma, influence communication and well-being."

 

"In this paper we looked at how people with AATD evaluate the information and design features of the NIH website about this genetic condition and how these features influence their intention to share this information with others."

 

"We would like to thank Drs. Rachel A. Smith and Roxanne L. Parrott for their guidance in writing this paper. Most importantly, we are grateful to the members of the Alpha-1 Research Registry for sharing their thoughts and experiences with us."