Saint Louis University
Jennifer Ohs

Assistant Professor

courses taught: CMM 280; CMM 300; CMM 309; CMM 320; CMM 502; CMM 593
phone: 314-977-3508
fax: 314-977-3195
office hours: Tue 9:30 - 11:30 or by apt.
my thoughts:
“There has never been a person in an old people’s home that hasn’t looked around dubiously at the other inhabitants. They are the old ones, they are the club that no one wants to join. But we are never old to ourselves. This is because at close of day the ship we sail in is the soul, not the body.” - Dr Grene’s Commonplace Book, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Degree: Ph.D., Communication Arts and Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University

Degree: M.A., Speech Communication
University of Illinois , Champaign-Urbana


Ohs, J.E. (2011). Medical decisions in older age: Managing complexities, uncertainties, and social relationships. In M. Brann (Ed.), Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication: Theoretical & Applied Approaches (pp. 116 - 131. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Nussbaum, J.F. & Ohs, J. (2009). Aging and applied communication. In L. Frey and K. Cissna (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research (pp. 429-454). New York: Routledge.

Afifi, T.D., Huber, F.N., & Ohs, J.E. (2006). Parents' and adolescents' communication with each other about divorce-related stressors and its impact on their ability to cope positively with the divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 45(1/2), 1-30.

and Speaking 
Ohs, J.E. (November, 2011). Relationships of Influence on Health-Care Decisions in Older Adulthood. Top Paper Panel. Paper to be presented at the 97th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. / Ohs, J.E. (November 2010). Health-Care Decision Making in Older Adulthood: An Examination of Information Seeking Behavior. Paper presented at the 96th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
My research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal and heath communication. My primary line of research examines personal social networks involved in health-related decisions at the latter end of the lifespan. I investigate interactions in various communicative contexts, including the organizational, religious/spiritual, and familial.
Service: Department: Department of Communication Undergraduate Committee / College & University: Academic Affairs Committee, Pre-Professional Health Committee on Evaluations / Community: Saint Louis University Showers of Service Day Volunteer, Operation Brightside Block Captain for Operation Blitz, a campaign to clean up city neighborhoods (Spring 2009; Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
Higher purpose. Greater good.
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