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Grace M. Hildenbrand is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Louisiana State University Shreveport and was awarded the Dr. Dalton & Peggy Cloud Professorship in Communications in 2023.She received a Ph.D. in Communication from Purdue University, her M.A. in Communication Studies with a Certificate in Corporate Communication and Training from Texas State University, and a B.A. in Corporate Communication with a minor in Leadership Studies from Washburn University.Before getting her Ph.D., Hildenbrand worked for three years at Washburn University as the Communications Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Research Interests

Hildenbrand studies healthcare provider communication techniques that are useful for explaining medical information and establishing positive relationships with patients. Another research area she explores is health literacy and message translation, evaluating message clarity to identify areas of improvement, and instructing healthcare providers in clear communication techniques by conducting communication trainings. Hildenbrand also has research interests in instructional and organizational communication, and leadership studies.

Selected Publications

Hildenbrand, G. M., Perrault, E. K., & Switzer, M. I. (2023). Smiling versus resting b**ch face: Patients’ expectancies and evaluations of male and female healthcare providers’ facial expressions. Communication Quarterly., G. M., & Perrault, E. K. (2022). The influence of physician use of analogies on patient understanding. Communication Quarterly, 70(5), 495-518., G. M. (2022). The influence of physician immediacy on patient liking for physician, motivation, and recall. Health Communication., G. M., Perrault, E. K., & Rnoh, R. H. (2022). Patients’ perceptions of healthcare providers’ dismissive communication. Health Promotion Practice, 23(5), 777-784., G. M. (2021). Healthcare provider analogies as memorable messages. Journal of Health Communication, 26(11), 764-772., S. P., Hildenbrand, G. M., Schmitz, K. J., & Perrault, E. K. (2021). The state of health communication: A content analysis of articles published in Journal of Health Communication and Health Communication (2010-2019). Journal of Health Communication, 26(1), 28-38., G. M., Perrault, E. K., & Keller, P. E. (2020). Evaluating a health literacy communication training for medical students: Speaking in plain language. Journal of Health Communication, 25(8), 624-631., G. M., Perrault, E. K., & Devine, T. M. (2020). You may call me professor: Professor form of address in email communication and college student reactions to not knowing what to call their professors. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 3, 82-99. 10.31446/JCP.2020.08Perrault, E. K., Hildenbrand, G. M., & Rnoh, R. H. (2020). Employees’ refusals to participate in an employer-sponsored wellness program: Barriers and benefits to engagement. Compensation & Benefits Review, 52(1), 8-18., E. K., & Hildenbrand, G. M. (2019). Breaking down benefits: Employee understanding of benefits, and readability levels of university benefits handbooks. Compensation & Benefits Review, 51(1), 13-26., E. K., & Hildenbrand, G. M. (2019). Development of a Benefits Ambassadors programme to leverage coworker relationships to increase employee knowledge. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 17(3), 306-315.

Teaching Assignments

Communication for Leaders (LDSH 202)Ethics, Values, & Leadership (LDSH 405)Social and Group Dynamics (LDSH 823)Gender Issues in Leadership (LDSH 826)Coaching and Mentoring (LDSH 827)Health Leadership (LDSH 873)Health Communication for Leaders (LDSH 874)Health Leadership Ethics (LDSH 875)Health Information Technologies & Leadership (LDSH 876)Strategic Consulting and Project Orientation (LDSH 881)Research Capstone (LDSH 896)