Ph.D. Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. Advertising, University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Advertising, University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Public Relations, University of Texas at Austin
Sheetal Patel graduated with her doctoral degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011. She completed the Psychological Processes Track for the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication. While at UNC, she led a team that both developed and evaluated a funded health communication campaign focused on engaging parents of children with eating disorders in healthy self-care behaviors. She continues to work on health communication with parents on different health issues as an assistant professor of advertising in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts. Her other research interests include how emotions influence health behavior via health and nonprofit communication and media effects on compassion and prosocial behavior. Prior to returning for her Ph.D., she worked as a global brand and marketing manager, and has a professional background is in strategic marketing communication.
“The IHC program is truly unique in the academic and professional world, as it brings together several people from multiple disciplines that work toward a common goal of improving public health. Both faculty and students alike are enthusiastic to work together, and therefore, create great communication campaigns and interventions.”