Courtney Scherr

Courtney Scherr is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a faculty member in the Center for Communication and Health. Her research agenda focuses on the theory guided design and evaluation of messages containing scientific information about risk to patients. The goal of her work is to increase patient understanding, engage patients in informed decision making, and increase adherence to medical recommendations. Her current projects examine the communication of hereditary cancer risk and patient outcomes from genetic testing.


Postdoctoral Fellowship  H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
PhD Applied Health Communication, Purdue University
MA Communication, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
MA Double Major - Communication Arts; International Relations, University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Intro to Health Communication
  • Risk and Health Communication
  • Health Communication in the Era of Personalized Medicine

Courtney Scherr

Assistant Professor


Communication Studies


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