Communication Arts & Sciences
University of Texas Austin
Dr. Tollison specializes in health and interpersonal communication, with an emphasis on the harmful effects of stereotypes in healthcare. The focus of his work in this area centers on how the awareness of self-relevant stereotypes influence the dissemination of information within the patient-provider relationship. In addition to his work with stereotypes, Dr. Tollison is interested in how individuals communicatively cope with chronic illness, specifically cancer. He has published on topics ranging from patient uncertainty and health literacy as they relate to medical documentation to the role of communication within the cancer trajectory. His work has appeared in publications such as Patient Education and Counseling, Health Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Dr. Tollison teaches courses in health communication, interpersonal communication, and research methods.