Name: Tricia Richards-Service, Ph.D. ‘18

Concentration: Health Promotion

I chose Marywood because the doctoral program was a great match for my background in comm arts and healthcare administration. Having been an adjunct at Marywood for close to 10 years, I’m familiar with the community. I have tremendous respect for the faculty and staff, and I love the dedication of the students. At Marywood, I feel comfortable and inspired.

I combined my Comm Arts background with Health Promotion because I will be able to combine the best of both disciplines to provide health education and promote healthy behaviors on a large scale.

When I’m not working on my dissertation, I’m conducting research as a Fulbright-Schuman student research grantee. Affiliated with Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and the University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, I am looking at ways to reduce breast cancer-related mortality within the European Union. To complete this project, I moved to Dublin, and I’m spending as much time as possible in activities related to cultural immersion and sightseeing.

My favorite classes so far (as an instructor) were Corporate Communications, Media Promotion & Publicity, and Health Communication. The first two courses I listed were favorites because they encompass a little bit of everything that we teach at the graduate level in Comm Arts at Marywood: theory, integrated marketing, promotion, public relations, and more. The latter is a favorite because it shines a spotlight not only on students’ work as it relates to health communication, but also as it relates to their own personal health behaviors.

The coolest thing I’ve done so far was earn a Fulbright-Schuman student research grant! I am grateful to Marywood University’s faculty and staff for encouraging and supporting my application, as well as giving me the academic foundation to get the most out of the research experience. I’m very proud to represent Marywood on an international level.

When I graduate, I want to work in a dynamic environment of lifelong learning.

I’d recommend the Comm Arts program at Marywood because the opportunities for gaining critical experience are unlimited. My advice to students is similar to a motto I follow myself: Take every chance to learn something new, meet someone new, experience something new, and grow in the process. In my opinion, the students who are most involved while in college are those who make the best employees when they graduate.