Sparks to Lecture on Public Health and Communication

Posted: April 18, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Lisa Sparks
Lisa Sparks

George Mason associate professor of communication Lisa Sparks will give a lecture on Wednesday, April 19, on “Communication and Your Health.” The talk will address the communication challenges surrounding interpersonal and small group communication in health care settings.

Sparks will explain the SMILE health care communication model. SMILE stands for satisfaction, modification-mirroring, identification, listen, enact-evaluate.

Director of graduate studies and basic courses for the Department of Communication, Sparks is also affiliated faculty with Mason’s National Center for Biodefense and the Center for Social Science Research. She is editor of Communication Research Reports and serves as guest editor and reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals.

The Mason Spotlight Series Speaker is in its third year and is sponsored jointly by Mason and the Arlington County Public Library.

The lecture will take place at the Virginia Hospital Center Auditorium located at 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington, Va. It begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Rappaport, public information manager at the Arlington Campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

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