Kami Silk, PhD

Associate Dean of Research
Director of Master's of Health and Risk Communications, Michigan State University

Kami Silk, PhDKami Silk is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the Master's in Health and Risk Communication (Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2002). Her research interests are in the areas of health message design, with an emphasis on translating complex health information to the lay public. Her current research focuses on designing health messages for women about links between environmental determinants and breast cancer risks. Dr. Silk is also interested in the role of health literacy and numeracy in audience understanding of risk messages, particularly among low-income segments of the population. As graduate director of a college-wide Master's program in Health and Risk Communication, she teaches on topics such as health communication campaigns and designing effective health messages. Silk recently received the International Communication Association  2013 Applied Research Award along with two colleagues. This award "honors a scholar or group of scholars who have produced a systematic and outstanding body of research that addresses a significant communication problem…" In 2008, she received the MSU Teacher Scholar Award, recognizing best teachers who have served MSU for Seven years or less.

Please visit the College of Communication Arts & Sciences website for more information about Dr. Silk.