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Lee Ann Kahlor

Associate Professor
Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations





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Dr. Kahlor's undergraduate teaching has been recognized with a Moody College Teaching Excellence Award, a University of Texas System Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, The William David Blunk Memorial Professorship and a Services for Students with Disabilities Clock Award. She currently is a Provost's Teaching Fellow.

Dr. Kahlor's dedication to students is most exemplified by her work as the Stan Richards School's minority liaison, her service to students from underrepresented backgrounds, and her leadership of the Stan Richards School's Equity Student Council.

Dr. Kahlor has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters and white papers, and has co-edited two books. Her primary research interest is in health and environmental risk communication with an emphasis on information seeking, avoiding and sharing. She has explored information behaviors in contexts ranging from cancer to nanotechnolgy to carbon capture and storage. A secondary interest is in cultural and racial norms related to health behaviors and message processing. Her work has appeared in myriad journals including Health Communication, Human Communication Research, Science Communication, Mass Communication and Society, Communication Theory, Environment and Behaviorand Indoor and Built Environment. Dr. Kahlor also has a robust funding portfolio; she is co-principal investigator on a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and has received additional funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the oil and gas industry to fund her work in science communication. She is a regular contributor to working groups at the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

Prior to academia, she worked in journalism, as a freelance writer, and as communication officer for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program office dedicated to substance abuse treatment. 

She currently lives in central Austin with her husband, 5 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 bunnies, 5 chickens and 2 fish.