Dr. Step’s academic interest is in understanding and improving health communication messaging associated with social and behavioral risks, such as tobacco use and HIV prevention. She holds a doctorate in Communication Studies from Kent State University (1998) and completed postdoctoral training in cancer prevention and control at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2008). Dr.
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.