Chelsea Ratcliff Bush portrait
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Hci Kim Kaphingst Resrch Prog


  • 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 projects pertain to:

  • *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
  • *Communication of precision medicine and genomics
  • *Public understanding of science, including scientific uncertainty
  • *Philosophy of science

Prior to graduate school I worked as a journalist, primarily covering health psychology 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.

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 biomedical research. Currently my work examines how patients and members of the public evaluate the benefits and risks of participating in genomics and precision medicine research.