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Roxanne L. Parrott

Roxanne L. Parrott

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts and Sciences

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  1. B.A., University of Arizona, 1985
  2. M.A., University of Arizona, 1987
  3. Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1990

Roxanne Parrott is a communication scientist with expertise in the processes and outcomes associated with communication about health. Her research focuses on the design of health messages to promote behavioral adaptation in situations where individuals are unable, unwilling, and/or unlikely to avoid situations and practices that put their health at risk. She has applied a behavioral adaptation approach to farmers' sun protection practices and investigated its utility for involving the lay public in understanding the implications of human genetics research and information for personal well-being. She utilizes a community-based approach in the dissemination of behavioral adaptation messages. She has won several top paper awards at the Speech Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Southern States Communication Association. She was also awarded the Thesis Advisor Award at the National Communication Association and the Creative Research Medal.