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Richard Street PhD

Richard Street, PhD, is professor and head of communication and research in Medicine at Texas A&M University. He is also director, Health Communication and Decision-Making Program in the Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, Baylor College of Medicine.

Over the past 25 years, he has developed an extensive program of research examining issues related to health care provider-patient communication, medical outcomes, and strategies for increasing patient involvement in care. Street also has explored various ways information (e.g., interactive, multimedia programs) and telecommunication (e.g. the internet) technology innovations can be used to enhance health services offered to patients. He has published a book and over 50 articles and book chapters on these topics. Of particular note, he co-authored (with Ron Epstein at the University of Rochester) Patient-Centered Communication in Cancer Care: Promoting Healing and Reducing Suffering (2007), a monograph for NCI that serves as a roadmap for future cancer communication research. He has also served as a principle investigator or co-investigator on several NIH, AHRQ, American Cancer Society, and Texas Advanced Research/Technology grants.

Street has served on scientific review panels for NIH and AHRQ study sections and is currently an external evaluator for NCI's recently funded Centers for Excellence in Cancer Communication. In 2003, he was named Outstanding Health Communication Scholar by both the National Communication Association and International Communication Association. In 2008, he received the L. Donohew Health Communication Scholar Award from the University of Kentucky.