Redefining the Classroom

Communication prof lands top-poster award at conference

Posted: April 24th, 2014

Prof. Katey Price
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University's Katey Price, assistant professor of communication, has received the Top Poster Award at the 13th Biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication. The conference was April 10-12 in Lexington, Ky., with "Health Communication Partnerships" as a theme.

Price presented a poster based on a portion of her dissertation research. "Alzheimer's Family Caregivers, Identity Gaps, and Health" covered analyses that revealed that family caregivers undergo what are called "identity gaps," and that increased identity gaps negatively-affect both mental and physical health.

Additionally, identity gaps are significantly related to levels of stress, even after factoring in social support, which is a known buffer for the negative effects of stress outcomes.

Price beat out 72 other posters presented at the conference. She topped academics from other institutions such as Michigan State University, University of Kentucky, Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania (Annenberg School of Comm), Texas A&M University, University of Southern California, University of Iowa, University of Twente (Netherlands), and the University of Alabama.

Price is a 2007 communication graduate of LSSU who started as a new professor in the fall of 2013. Her past experience in radio, communication, and dramatic arts are a great asset to LSSU. She has a masters from Central Michigan University and a PhD from Ohio State University.

Run a Web search on "LSSU communication" to read more about that area of study at Lake State.


CONTACTS: Tom Pink, e-mail, 906/635-2315; John Shibley, e-mail, 906/635-2314.