Department of Communication

Jennifer A. Kam PhD

Assistant Professor of Communication

  • Address: Department of Communication 3001 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., MC-456 Urbana, IL, 61801
  • Telephone: 217-244-7536


In 2011, Dr. Jennifer Kam became a member of the faculty at UIUC, where she is continuing her work on perceived ethnic/racial discrimination, language brokering, and substance use outcomes among Latino adolescents. Recently, she also received a Campus Board Research Award to examine content-specific messages that high school students employ to discourage their friends from using substances, while maintaining positive impressions and friendships. To learn more about this interpersonal prevention/intervention process, Dr. Kam and her research team are working with several local high schools to conduct semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and surveys with adolescents.

Dr. Kam's research has been published in Communication ResearchHuman Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Prevention Science, Journal of Women's Issues, and Journal of Drug Education.  Since 2009, Dr. Kam also has served on the Diversity Network Committee (DNC) for the Society for Prevention Research. The DNC's goals include encouraging prevention researchers to develop culturally-grounded programs and conduct research that considers the needs of diverse and underserved populations.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal/Family Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Substance Use Prevention among Adolescents


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2009
  • M.A., San Diego State University, 2004
  • B.A., University of California, Davis, 2002

External URLs



  • CMN 529: Life Span Communication (Graduate Seminar)
  • CMN 529: Race/Ethnicity and Communication (Graduate Seminar)
  • CMN 496: Risk Communication (Undergrad/Grad)
  • CMN 232: Intercultural Communication (Undergrad)