Professor of Practice, Communication and Media
Colleen M. Klatt, Ph.D., T.T.S., is a Lecturer in the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), Executive Director of Grants and Research at Castleton State College (Castleton, VT), and an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at Concordia University-St. Paul (St. Paul, MN). Dr. Klatt's research focuses broadly on health communication transactions, message design elements, attitude change and behavior modification. While Associate Research Director in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota she managed a $10M research portfolio featuring NIH and foundation funded projects for national smoking cessation interventions. She has 12 years of experience teaching courses in the areas of health communication, social marketing, organizational communication, persuasion, research methods, and interpersonal communication. In addition to her teaching and research experience, Dr. Klatt also has more than 10 years of experience working in public relations, corporate communications, corporate and non-profit management, and hospital-based fitness center management. She has served as executive director of a leadership training organization and has nearly 15 years of experience as an organizational consultant specializing in change management, conflict management, leadership development, workplace relationships, and teaching presentation skills to professionals. Dr. Klatt has published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Medical Internet Research, American Journal of Health Behavior, Journal of American College Health, Preventive Medicine, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, and Nursing Research. In 2009 she published a chapter titled "Pro-social message design: A theoretical model" in an edited book titled Anti-and pro-social communication: Theories, methods & applications. In 2011 she will have a chapter included in Feedback: The handbook of criticism, praise and advice titled "Preparing people for health behavior change in medical and public health settings". Her first book titled Social, political, and marketing tactics of smoking promotion and prevention will be translated into four languages and published in 2011.