Pauline C. Hamel, EdD, PT

Lorraine C. Snell Visiting Associate Professor
  • Department of Health Sciences

Office: 316 Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-4434

Education/degrees: Ed.D. Administration, Training and Policy, Boston University

M.Ed.  Rehabilitation Administration, Northeastern University

BS in Physical Therapy, Northeastern University


Certification: Board Certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy (Ret.)

Specializations: Health communication, childhood obesity prevention, community health, healthy aging

Research Focus: Urban health, policy, systems and environmental change, childhood obesity prevention, health communication, health literacy


Public Service:

Mass in Motion New Bedford

Mass in Motion Kids

Board of Directors, Easter Seals Massachusetts



PHTH 2300 Communication Skills for the Health Professions

PHTH 1260 Dimensions of the American Health Care System

PHTH 4511 Health Care Management

HSCI  1000 College: An Introduction             



What do Sidewalks have to do with Health?   Case study in Health Communication: From Theory to Practice, by Renata Schiavo, Fall 2013

The Meaning of Health Communication:  Maybe they just ‘don’t know what they don’t know?’ Journal of Communication in Health Care, Volume 3, Number 2, July 2010, pp. 98-112(15)

Health Literacy and Physical Therapists:  Feedback from the Field.Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA)’s annual/national conference, Irvine, CA. May 2009

Filling the Void:  Health Communication, Public Relations, and the Marketplace. Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) newspaper, TACTICS, Spring 2008

Northeastern University Research Expo, Health Literacy and the Physical Therapy Clinic (Poster), March 2008                    

Co-Author, Northeastern University Research Expo, Developing Tools Measuring Miscommunication Involving Interdisciplinary Healthcare Teams (Poster), March 2008

Hamel, P. C. Communication and Health Literacy: A Changing Focus in Physical

Therapist Education. Doctoral Dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA. 2006

Hamel, PC (2001)  Health Promotion with Formerly Homeless Elders and other Underserved  populations via Service-Learning Education.  American Public Health Association for presentation at annual meeting, Atlanta GA, October 2001

Hamel, PC. (2001) Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Service-Learning, and Advocacy: A Non-Traditional Approach to Geriatric Rehabilitation. TOPICS in GERIATRIC REHABILITATION, (ASPEN Pub.) September 2001

Hamel, PC (2000) Diversity Aging:  Health Promotion with Formerly Homeless Elders and other Special Populations.  GERINOTES, publication of the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics, November 2000


Presentations (selected):

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Community Health Planning and Policy Development program, Washington, DC. History, Public Health and Hip Hop: Moving toward a healthier community, November 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media, Atlanta, GA. When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear – the Online Education of Health Communicators, August 2011

Keynote Speaker, 7th Annual Workshop of the Transplant Financial Coordinators, Denver, CO.  

Can you hear me now:  Communication, Compassion, and Readiness to Listen,  September 2011

Brilliance in Biocommunications International Conference (Health and Science Communications Assn.), Phoenix AZ.  Public Health and the Health Communicator: Rethinking  our views of the American

Healthcare System,June 2011

Ounce of Prevention:Taking Action for Community Health and Equity, Marlborough, MA

Beyond Read-Ability: Health Literacy as an Indicator of Health Equity and Social Justice October 2010

Greater New Bedford Allies for Health and Wellness/Southeast Regional Health Office, Department of Public Health, New Bedford, MA  Health Literacy: The Essentials for Community Health Workers, July 2010   

MA Department of Public Health, Mass Partnership for Healthy Communities and Human Resources in Action (HRIA), 4th Annual Healthy Community Conference, Shrewsbury,MA Greater New Bedford Health Equity Initiative: Lessons Learned, June 2010

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Health Academy, Chicago, IL  Communicating Complexity, Simply, April 2010

MA Dept. of Public Health’s Regional Health Dialogue, , UMASS Dartmouth, MA,  Mass in Motion New Bedford, April 2010

The American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL  Health Literacy Resources Workshop,  May 2010

Revolutionary Ideas in  Biocommunications, Biocommunications Assn., Health and Science Communications Assn., Boston, MA  Online Health Communication, June 2010 

Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) National Health Literacy Conference, Irvine, CA

Health Literacy and Physical Therapists:  Feedback from the Field  May 2009

Health Literacy Out Loud (HLOL) Podcast Intergenerational Health Communication, February 2009

Medical Education for the 21st Century – Teaching for Health Equity conference, Havana, Cuba

Using Communications To Improve Health: A Global Perspective, December 2008

American Physical Therapy Association, Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, TX,

Health Literacy in Physical Therapy: Feedback from the Field, June 2008

American Physical Therapy Association, Annual Conference & Exposition, Denver, CO

Health Literacy:  A Changing Focus in Physical Therapist Education and Practice, June 2007

American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Boston, MA, 2007

Communication, Health Literacy, and You: A Call to Action, February 2007


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