Communication Innovation in Health Care Laboratory

VCU Department of Health Behavior & Policy


Viktor Clark's participant reruitment for their Q Voices Dissertation project is now open

Congratulations to Lenka Zoey Juríčeková for passing her Comprehensive Exams! We are all so proud of your accomplishment and are wishing the success to persist!


2022 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH)

September 5-9, 2022 - Caledonian University, Glasgow

"Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Disclosure Among Oncology Patients: Describing Current Trends"

Viktor Clark, Richard Brown, PhD

"Exploring Associations between Communication, Patient-level Factors, and Adjuvant Chemotherapy"

Kerri-Anne Mitchell, PhDr, Joseph Boyle, Richard Brown, PhD


Mitchell, K.A., Brassil, K. J., Osborne, M. L., Lu, Q., & Brown, R. F. (2021). Understanding racial-ethnic differences in patient-centered care (PCC) in oncology through a critical race theory lens: A qualitative comparison of PCC among Black, Hispanic, and White cancer patients. Patient Education and Counseling.

Green, T., Shipman, J., Valrie, C., Corona, R., Kohlmann, T., Valiani, S., & Hagiwara, N. (2021). Discrimination and Health Among First-Generation Hispanic/Latinx Immigrants: the Roles of Sleep and Fatigue. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Raskin, Rasnick, R., Kohlmann, T., Zanin, M., Bilodeau, J., & Akinkugbe, A. (2022). Oral Health, Health Service Utilization, and Age at Arrival to the U.S. among Safety Net Patients. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(3), 1477–.


“Perceived discrimination and physical activity mediate the associations between receiving a survivorship care plan and cancer pain” Kyounghae Kim, Angela Starkweather, Stephen Walsh, Wanli Xu, Richard Brown

Cancer Epidemiology


Lucas AR, Kim Y, Lanoye A, Franco RL, Sutton AL, LaRose JG, Ross M Sheppard VB. Longitudinal associations among physical activity and sitting with endocrine symptoms and quality of life in breast cancer survivors: A latent growth curve analysis. Under review at Breast Cancer Res. Treat

"Exploring Adjuvant Chemotherapy Non-Adherence, Patient-Centered Communication and Relevant Patient-level Factors among Elderly Breast and Colon Cancer Patients". Kerri-Anne R. Mitchell, PhD1, Joseph R. Boyle, B.S., Lenka Juricekova, M.S., B.S., and Richard F. Brown, PhD

About Us

The CIHC Lab was established in 2019 at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine by Dr. Richard Brown, PhD. Our team includes internal members at the School of Medicine as well as external members at universities across the country. We are a research team of academic and research professors, research staff, doctoral and post-doctoral students, and data analysts.

Our Mission

The Communication Innovation in Health Care (CIHC) Laboratory is a national leader in communication in health research. The CIHC Lab conducts a) formative research that informs cutting-edge directions in communication in health care and b) quantitative research that develops, implements, and evaluates innovative communication in health care interventions. Importantly, we collaborate with clinicians, academics, stakeholders, patient advocates, and community members to identify patient-centered research questions that foster effective and engaged interactions in health care.

The CIHC Lab has a guiding focus to ameliorate health disparities and promote health equity across diverse minorities (including racial and sexual/gender minorities), and geographic and socioeconomic domains. The CIHC Laboratory trains upcoming investigators at the Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels in novel theoretical, methodological and clinically relevant approaches to conducting impactful research in communication in health care.

Our Research Goals

Address Health Disparities and Barriers to Care Among Minorities

Foster Effective and Engaged Communication in Health Care

Build Health Equity Across Diverse Populations