Sandi Smith

Sandi Smith

University Distinguished Professor

  • Communication
(517) 353-3715


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; 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 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.


  • 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