Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, has a specialization in interpersonal and health communication. His research centers on how individuals communicatively cope with chronic illness and the effects of stereotypes in healthcare. (Ph.D. forthcoming, University of Texas at Austin, 2012) Current projects include examining the uses of agency by cancer survivors in discussions of personal health, and the cognitive and communicative influences of stereotype threat on patient-provider interactions. His research has appeared in publications such as Health Communication and the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Professor Tollison will be teaching courses in health communication and research methods.
Email: Tollisona@merrimack.edu Office: Cushing 17 Phone: 978-837-5055