Eulàlia Puig Abril

Associate Professor

Eulàlia Abril is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined UIC after graduation in 2011. She teaches health communication, public opinion and political communication, and research methods. She has also designed and implemented the Department of Communication’s first online course (Introduction to Communication). 

Her research revolves around the effects of new media on health and political outcomes. In the area of health communication, she is currently examining how college students facing a life transition think about their health and to which extent they mediatize their health experiences. Abril’s health-related work also explores the contribution of mobile and wearable devices to achieving health goals. Her research portfolio also includes work on message acceptance on Twitter of the Tips campaign promoting smoking cessation. In the area of political communication, she is exploring both contributing factors and effects of online political discussion and participation in the U.S., Spain, and Colombia.

She has been published in the major Health Communication journals like Journal of Health Communication and Health Communication, as well as in the top journals in Communication such as the Journal of CommunicationCommunication Research, Journal of Computed-Mediation Communication, New Media & Society, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Her university training and research has taken her to Europe, North and South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa.

Follow her on Twitter @puigabril or check her Google Scholar profile.

Select Recent Publications

Abril, E. P., Szczypka, G., Emery, S. L. (2017). LMFAO! Humor as a Reaction to Fear. Decomposing Fear Control Within the Extended Parallel Process ModelJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.61(1), 126-143.

Abril, E. P. (2016). Tracking Myself: Assessing the Contribution of Mobile Technologies for Self-Trackers of Weight, Diet, or ExerciseJournal of Health Communication. 21(6), 638-646.

Hull, S., Abril, E. P., Shah, D. V., Choi, M., Chih, M. Y., Kim, S. C., McTavish, F., & Gustafson, D. H. (2016). Self-Determination Theory and Computer-Mediated Support: Modeling Effects on Breast Cancer Patients’ Quality-of-LifeHealth Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2015.1048422

Abril, E. P., Kupczyk, M., Zwicke, G. L., Mastarone, G. L., Irwin, T., & Dykens. (2015). Health Communication Practices in Rural Senegal. An Assessment to Support Cervical Cancer Screening. Journal of Applied Communication Research43(2), 242-262.

Emery, S. L., Szczypka, G., Abril, E. P., Kim, Y., & James, L. (2014). Are you Scared Yet? Evaluating Fear Appeal Messages in Tweets about the Tips CampaignJournal of Communication, 64(2), 278-295.

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Phone: 312-413-5406
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