Chapman Professor Sara LaBelle Recognized Among Top 1% of Scholars in Communication Studies

The national journal Communication Education has recognized Chapman University School of Communication Associate Professor Sara LaBelle, Ph.D., as among the most productive scholars in the communication studies discipline.

Using multiple metrics to evaluate the productivity of communication studies scholars over a five-year period (2017-2021), the prestigious journal published findings that rank the top published scholars in the field. LaBelle places among the top 10 most productive scholars, when weighted for author order and number of co-authors, which translates to the top 1% of published scholars in communication studies journals.

LaBelle is also assistant dean of academic programs and faculty development in the School of Communication. Her research is focused on the intersection of instructional and health communication. She has published on the teaching-learning process as it applies to the college classroom, the impact of student-to-student communication on academic and health outcomes, and the implementation and evaluation of health communication campaigns. LaBelle is the co-author of “Strategic Communication for Organizations” (University of California Press, 2020), and her work has been published in Communication Education, Personal Relationships, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Health Communication, and Substance Use & Misuse, among others.

Dennis Arp

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