Author Biographies

Laura Siminoff

Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D

Laura Carnell Professor of Public Health
Dean, College of Public Health
Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences 
Temple University

Research Expertise

Health Communication

  • Doctor-Patient communication
  • Patient-Family communication
  • Informed Consent

Multimethod Research Methods and Development of New Measurement Tools

  • Cognitive interviewing
  • Survey Development
  • Direct Observation methods
  • Measures of communication and quality of life
  • Coding health communication conversations

Decision-Making and Decision Aids

  • Development of new decision aids
  • Treatment decision-making for clinical trials and cancer therapy
  • Decision-making for organ and tissue donation for transplantation and research

Content Areas

  • Cancer
  • Organ and tissue donation
  • Biobanking
  • Bioethics

Heather M. Gardiner, Ph.D

Director, Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice
Director, Health Disparities Research Lab
Associate Professor
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Public Health
Temple University

Research Expertise

Interpersonal Health Communication

  • Communication skills
  • Training and assessment

Community Engaged Research

  • Community engagement
  • Community Health Workers
  • Engagement assessment

Program Development

  • Mixed method approaches
  • eHealth
  • Program implementation and evaluation

Content Areas

  • Organ and tissue donation and transplantation
  • Living kidney donation
  • Health equity

Heather Traino