Professor Scherr is an expert in Applied Health Communication with a focus on difficult conversations in health - those conversations about health that are challenging as a result of scientific complexity, risk or uncertainty. Drawing upon communication and behavioral theories, Professor Scherr's research focuses on exploring, developing, and testing messages to promote patient understanding and adherence to medical recommendations. Her research has examined the communication of genetic test results, discussions about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, the experience of fertility preservation in cancer, and the process of receiving intervention for children with developmental delays. Professor Scherr has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Delaney Family Foundation, and the Lurie Cancer Center and received awards from the National Communication Association, the DC conference on Health Communication, and the American Association for Cancer Education.
Courtney L. Scherr is an Assistant Professor of Health Communication in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She is the Director of the Health Communication Interaction Design Lab in the Center for Communication and Health, a faculty member of the Feinberg School of Medicine Institute for Public Health and Medicine, and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Center at Northwestern University.