Sandi Smith

Sandi Smith

University Distinguished Professor

Department
  • Communication
smiths@msu.edu
(517) 353-3715

Bio

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.

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on interpersonal communication and campaigns in health contexts.  She studies the impact of social norms, memorable messages, and social support on health behaviors.  Some important health contexts of interest include organ donation, college student alcohol consumption, and breast cancer.

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 and was a member of the Board of Directors.

She has received honors for her teaching and research from student groups, professional associations, and the universities at which she has worked. In 2007, she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University, and in 2012 she was named a Fellow of the International Communication Association. Sandi received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Courses

  • Communication 820:  Communication Theory
  • Communication 922: Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Research and Teaching

Health communication, interpersonal communication, and social influence.

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd, Room
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824