Professor of Health Sciences with a focus in Health Communication

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Sara Rubinelli holds a degree in Classics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (I) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in the areas of argumentation theory, persuasion and rhetoric. Since September 2009 she is Scientific Coordinator of the Human Functioning Unit at Swiss Paraplegic Research (CH) and leads there the Person-Centered Healthcare Group. Currently, she is Professor in Health Sciences with a focus in health communication at the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine of the University of Lucerne (CH). Her main research and teaching topics include: interpersonal communication, (health) behaviour change, social marketing and health campaigns, society in the information age, communication for education, empowerment and personal growth, professional communication and public speaking, philosophy of science and theories and models of health and well-being. Since September 2017 she is President of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH).

Curriculum Vitae Sara Rubinelli


Her research interests circle around theories of health and healthcare; theories and practice of communication in health; person-centered healthcare; strategic and professional communication with a focus on rhetoric and argumentation theory; argument effects and persuasion; health advertising; semiotics; technology-enhanced health communication; critical thinking and communication skills in academic and professional curricula development. 


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