Sandi W. Smith is the former Director of the Health and Risk Communication Center and Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where she teaches courses in persuasion, communication theory, and interpersonal communication.
Her research interests parallel these course topics and have been funded by private foundations and governmental agencies. In specific, she has focused her research on the impact of memorable messages received from important others on health behaviors; communication between females on probation and parole and their supervising agents; persuading people to carry signed and witnessed organ donor cards and to engage in family discussion about their decisions related to organ donation, encouraging college students to consume alcohol moderately, if at all; and the portrayal of interpersonal relationships on television.
Her research has appeared in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Health Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research, among others. She is active in the International Communication Association where she served as Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division. She has received honors for her teaching and research from student groups, professional associations, and the universities at which she has worked.
Sandi has been honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University, she is a Fellow of, and has received the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award from, the International Communication Association, she serves on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Communication and Dissemination Advisory Panel, she received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the National Communication Association, and recently she was honored with the University Distinguished Professor award at Michigan State University. Sandi received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.
Communication 922: Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Communication 820 Communication Theory
Key Research Interest
Health and interpersonal communication, social influence, portrayal of relationships in the media.