Jessica Samens

Job Title

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences


Samens' research interests include health communication, focusing on identity after an illness, disclosure of health status, and health disparity.

Started at Bethel



  • Winona State University - B.A. in Communication, 2004
  • Minnesota State University - M.A. in Speech Communication, 2006
  • University of Wisconsin - Ph.D. in Health Communication, 2017

Courses Taught

  • Basic Communication
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Perspectives in Human Communication
  • Methods of Communication Research
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Inquiry Seminar
  • Public Presentations (Graduate)
  • Health Campaigns and Technology
  • Introduction to Health Communication

Areas of expertise

Health Communication

Research interests

Health and disability, identity after a health diagnosis, trauma and trigger warnings, instructional design.

Teaching specialty

Health communication and theory