Dr. Step received her undergraduate and graduate training in the discipline of Communication Studies, teaching a variety of coursework along the way, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, persuasion and media effects. She is a trained group facilitator and was recently certified as an Executive Coach through the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. Dr. Step also completed a NCI sponsored post doctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.
PhD, Medical Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998; MA, Sociology-UrbanStudies (Dual Degrees), Michigan State University, 1991; BS, Sociology, Michigan State University, 1988.
Nichole currently teaches courses in Health Communication, Relational Communication, and Foundations of Communication. Her research interests include social support and health, health literacy, and spirituality/religiosity in health contexts.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Egbert, N. Daggs, J. L., & Reed, P. R. (in press). Students’ perceptions and misperceptions of the communication major: Opportunities and challenges of reputation. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.