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Carey Candrian, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Office Location: Online Only
Phone: please contact via email
Areas of Expertisehealth communication, with an emphasis on end-of-life care, aging and medical education​

Education & Degrees

PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, Health Communication, 2011

MA, University of Colorado Boulder, Organizational Communication, 2007

BA, University of Colorado Boulder, Communication, 2004


Carey is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She also teaches Health Communication and serves on graduate committees with the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on health communication, with an emphasis on end-of-life care, aging and medical education. She is trained in ethnographic qualitative research methodology and interested in detailing the powerful influences of communication on the delivery of care and the promotion of health. Her forthcoming book carefully details the way language shapes decisions around care planning. The book uses personal stories and perspectives (from patients, family members, and medical workers) to paint a picture of some of the issues and tensions individuals and caregivers face around end of life. With an aging population – one that represents a major public health challenge in the 21st century – Carey argues that well care for individuals, especially aging individuals, is fundamental to creating a developed, ethical and engaged society.​

Select Publications


Candrian, C. (2014). Communicating Care at the End of Life. Peter Lang Publishing: New York.


Candrian, C. (in press). The Cost of Care. Health Communication.

Hannawa, A., García-Jiménez, L., Candrian, C., Rossmann, C. & Schulz, P. (in press): Identifying the Field of Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication.


Candrian, C. (2013). Taming death and the consequences of discourse. Human Relations, 67(1): 53-69.

Loeb, D. F., Bayliss, E. A., Binswanger, I. A., Candrian, C. & DeGruy, F. (2012). The perceptions of primary care physicians caring for complex patients with medical and mental illness. Journal of General Internal Medicine 27(8): 945-52.

Broadfoot, K. J., & Candrian, C. (2009). Relationship-centered care and clinical dialogue: Towards new forms of “care-full” communication. Natural Medicine Journal (Health Perspectives Iss


Tompkins, P. K., Montoya, Y. J, & Candrian, C. B. (2008). Watch your neighbor watching you: Applying concertive control in changing organizational environments. In M. B. Salwen & D. W. Stacks (Eds.), An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research (pp. 370 – 386). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.​

Courses Taught

COMM 4500/5500 Health Communication - Online