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Bree E. Holtz Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Advertising + Public Relations, Media and Information


Dr. Holtz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and Department of Media and Information.

She received her B.A. in Telecommunication from MSU, her MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from MSU. She then completed her postdoctoral training at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in the Health Services Research and Development Department. She returned to MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 2012.

Research Interests

Development, adoption and utilization of information communication technologies in health care


Holtz, B., Hershey, D., Dunneback, J., Cotten, S., Holmstrom, A., & Wood, M. (under review). Understanding the Transition from Parent Management to Self-Management Among Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Three Perspectives. Communication in Health Care.

Peng, W., Yuan, S. & Holtz, B. (in press). Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Health Mobile Apps for Individuals with Type 2: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Telecommunications and Telehealth.

Holtz, B., Emmeot, A., Morrish, W., Davis, J., & Krein, S., (in press). Characteristics of patients who accept referrals to self-management programs. SAGE Open Medicine.

Holtz, B., Smock, A. & Reyes-Gastelum, D. (2015). Connected Motherhood: Social Support for Moms and Moms-to-be on Facebook. Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. 21. doi:10.1089/tmj.2014.0118.

Manojlovich, M., Harrod, M., Holtz, B., Hofer, T., Kuhn, L., & Krein, S. (2014). The Use of Multiple Qualitative Methods To Characterize Communication Events Between Physicians And Nurses. Health Communication. 30:61-69. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.835894.

Holtz, B., Krein, S., Bentley, D., Hughes, M., Giardino, N., & Richardson, C. (2014). Comparison Of Veteran Experiences Of Low-Cost, Home-Based Diet And Exercise Interventions. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. 51:149-160 .doi:10.1682/JRRD.2013.04.0088.

Holtz, B., Morrish, W., & Krein, S. (2013). Development Of An Innovative Nurse-Patient Shared Decision Support Tool: The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Navigator Application. American Journal of Nursing, 113:47-52. doi:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000425752.49665.df.

Holtz, B. & LaPlante, C. (2012). Diabetes Management Via Mobile Phones: A Systematic Review. Telemedicine and e-Health, 18:175-184 doi:10.1089/tmj.2011.0119.

Holtz, B. & Krein, S. (2011). Understanding Nurse Perceptions Of A Newly Implemented Electronic Medical Record System. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 29: 247-262 doi: 10.1080/15228835.2011.639931.

Piette, J., Holtz, B., Beard, A., Blaum, C., Greenstone, L., Krein, S., Tremblay, A., Foreman, J., & Kerr, E. (2011). Improving Chronic Illness Care For Veterans Within The Framework Of The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Experiences From The Ann Arbor Patient Aligned Care Team Laboratory. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s13142-011-0065-8.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Cornacchione, J. & Wirth, C. (2011). Evaluating Telehealth Websites On Design, Literacy, Information And Content Variables. Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare, 17:31-35. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2010.091208.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Krupinski, E., & Alverson, D. (2010). Challenges Of The Rural Healthcare Pilot Program Broadband Initiative. Telemedicine and e-Health, 16:370-372. doi:10.1089/tmj.2009.0134.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., & Nguyen, L. (2010). Keys To A Successful And Sustainable Telemedicine Program. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 26:211-216.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., & LaPlante, C. (2010). Telemedicine: What Have We Learned? Journal of Applied Clinical Informatics, 1:132-141. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2009-12-R-0020.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Krupinski, E., Alverson, D., & LaPlante, C. (2010). An Independent Investigation Into The Deployment Of The Federal Communications Commissions’ Rural Health Care Pilot Project. Telemedicine and e-Health 16: 1005-1011. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2010.0100.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Meyer, E., & Nazione, S. (2009). Telehospice: reasons for slow adoption in home hospice care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 15:187-190.doi: doi:10.1258/jtt.2009.080911.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., & Nazione, S. (2009). Searching for Barriers to Adoption of the Videophone in a Hospice Setting. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 27:1-16. Doi: 10.1080/15228830903329849.

Holtz, B. & Whitten, P. (2009). Managing Asthma With Mobile Phones: A Feasibility StudyTelemedicine and e-Health, 15: 907-909.

Brennan, D., Holtz, B., Chumbler, N., Kobb, R., Rabinowitz, T. (2008). Visioning Technology For The Future Of Telehealth. Telemedicine and e-Health, 14:982-985.

Alverson, D., Holtz, B., D’Loria, J., DeVany, M., Simmons, S., Poropatich, R. (2008). One Size Doesn’t Fit All; Bringing Telehealth Services To Special Populations. Telemedicine and e-Health, 14: 957-963.

Whitten, P. & Holtz, B. (2008). Provider Utilization Of Telemedicine: The Elephant In The Room.Telemedicine and e-Health, 14: 995-997.

Whitten, P. & Holtz, B. (2008). A Series Of Papers For Those Yearning To Propel Telehealth To New Heights. Telemedicine and e-Health, 14: 952-956.

Book Chapters

Holtz, B., Lauckner, C., & Whitten, P. (in press). Mobile Health: The Way Forward in Providing Innovative Health Care Solutions. In Telemedicine: Emerging Technologies, Application and Impact on Health Care Outcomes. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Morrish, W. & Holtz, B. (2015). Developing an Outpatient RN Assessment Tool to Facilitate Delivery of Patient-Centered Care. In Rick, C. & Kritek, P. B. (Eds.). Realizing the Future of Nursing: VA Nurses Tell Their Story. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

Holtz, B., & Buis, L. (2013). Promoting Healthy Living and Behaviors through Mobile Phones. Health. In R. Ahmed & D. Bates (Eds.) Communication in Media Contexts. Surrey, UK: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

Mackert, M., Whitten, P., & Holtz, B. (2009). Health Infonomics: Intelligent Applications of Information Technology. In M. Pankowska (Ed.) Distributed Business and Decision-Making Environments: Creating Information System Ecology. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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