Dr. Andrea A. McCracken is interested in studying communication and its associations with both disparities and outcomes. Currently, her research focuses on how communication practices affect the healthcare experiences of those at risk for healthcare inequities. Her research has also examined how acceptance and challenge in memorable messages are related to health attitudes, cognitions, and health behaviors. She has also examined emotional responses elicited by health messages among college students. Results from this scholarship has been published in Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Interpersona, Western Journal of Communication, and The Northwest Journal of Communication. Her work has also been noted in the Health Communication Science Digest, a publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in Psychology Today. In addition to her research, Dr. McCracken is equally passionate about teaching. Across courses, she focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving with an emphasis on understanding how communication defines the social world.