Stephen Rains

Book Talk by Stephen Rains, Ph.D., U. of A. Professor of Communications

Wednesday, June 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building. 

Today’s array of communication technologies is playing a significant role in communications regarding health and coping with illness.  Stephen Rains, a professor of communications at the University of Arizona, is the author of a new book on the subject, Coping with Illness Digitally.

A nationally recognized expert in the social influence of technology and the role it plays in health communication, Dr. Rains will describe his 2018 book from the MIT Press, Coping with Illness Digitally, in a lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy.  Since he joined the U. of A. faculty in 2005 Dr. Rains has investigated the use and effects of communication technologies regarding one’s health and coping with illness.  He has also conducted studies regarding the effects of these technologies for social support, self-disclosure, information seeking and related activities. 

A graduate of Bradley University with a B.S. Degree in Communication, Dr. Rains received an M.S. in Communication from Illinois State University and his Ph. D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  At the U. of A. he holds appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Arizona Cancer Center as well as the Department of Communication. 

Dr. Rains serves as an associate editor for Human Communication Research and is an editorial board member at Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.  Along with his book, he has been the author or co-author of many articles in professional journals. The recipient of many awards and award nominations for his work, Dr. Rains was ranked among the 32 most productive Communication scholars during 2012-2016 based on the total number of refereed articles published in 24 Communication journals.

Professor Rains will be bringing copies of the book for any who might wish to buy it (hardcover, $35) and have it signed.

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer  


June 12: “Coping with Illness Digitally”