Health Communication

Mary M. Step, Ph.D.

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.

Nichole L. Egbert

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.