Chelsea Ratcliff Bush portrait
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Communication

Research Summary

I use statistical methods to explore a range of questions in health and science communication, especially those pertaining to message effects, risk information processing, and media presentation of health/medical research.


  • MA, Communication, University of Utah
  • BA, English, University of Utah


I’m a doctoral student focusing on health, science and risk communication. My scholarly interests and current research projects pertain to:

  • *Precision medicine and personalized medicine communication
  • *Psychological reactance and other forms of message resistance
  • *Use of heuristics and metaheuristics in health decision-making
  • *News coverage of health research; public use of and trust in health journalism
  • *Public understanding of science
  • *Philosophy of social science

Prior to graduate school, I worked as a health journalist, covering research on exercise, nutrition, weight loss and health behavior for several outlets, including Men's Health and U.S. News. I’ve also worked as a marketing copywriter for corporations, ad agencies and health organizations.