Faculty Profiles

Christopher Koenig, PhD
Assistant Professor

Christopher J. Koenig conducted his graduate work in Applied Linguistics at UCLA where he focused his research on health and medical communication. After earning a PhD (2008), he completed a two-year joint post-doctoral fellowship at the Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (2008-2010). He then moved to San Francisco VA where he worked as a qualitative methodologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine (2010-2016) on studies of provider, patient, and system-level communication focused on studies of veteran access to mental health, provider-to-provider communication around Hepatitis C infection, and evaluation research on peer-veteran mental health counseling. He is now Assistant Professor of Health Communication at San Francisco State University in the Department of Communication Studies.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral Fellowship Health Policy Research 2008-2010
University of California, Los Angeles Ph.D. Applied Linguistics 2001-2008
University of Texas, Austin M.A. Communication Studies 1998-2001
University of Texas, Austin M.A. Foreign Language Education 1996-1998
University of Texas, Austin B.A. Spanish & Portuguese 1994-1996

Honors and Awards

  • Top Paper, Language and Social Interaction Division, International Communication Association, San Diego, CA, 2017
  • Rising Star of Health Policy Award, Phil R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, 2013
  • Top Paper, Ethno/CA Interest Group, American Sociological Association, Boston, MA, 2008
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, Office of the Dean, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
  • Top Paper, Language and Social Interaction Interest Group, Western States Communication Association, 2007
  • Top Paper, Language and Social Interaction Division, National Communication Association, 2006
  • Summer Research Mentorship, Office of the Dean, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
  • Travel Scholarship, UC Los Angeles, 2003
  • Top Paper, Language and Social Interaction Interest Group, Western States Communication Association, 2002
  • Travel Scholarship, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas, Austin, 2000

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Recent Articles (Selected)

Abraham T, Koenig CJ, Zamora KA, Hill C, Uddo M, Kelly PA, Hamilton MF, Pyne JM, Seal KH. In Press. “Geographic Variation in Health Work by Veterans with Mental Health Concerns.” Health and Place: An International Journal.

Garrett, SB, Koenig CJ, Trupin L, Hlubocky FJ, Daugherty CK, Reinert A, Munster P, Dohan D. In press. “What Advanced Cancer Patients with Limited Treatment Options Know About Clinical Research: A Qualitative Study.” Supportive Care in Cancer.

Koenig CJ, Wenger M, Graham GD, Asch S, Rongey C. 2016. “Describing the ‘learning loop’: An overall structural organization of video consultations between specialist and generalist providers for specialty care liver problems.” Journal of Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology.

Koenig CJ, Abraham T, Zamora KA, Hill C, Kelly PA, Uddo M, Hamilton M, Pyne JM, Seal KH. 2016. “Pre-implementation strategies to adapt and implement a veteran peer coaching intervention to improve mental health treatment engagement among rural veterans.” Journal of Rural Health. 32(4): 418-428.

Purcell N, Koenig CJ, Bosch J, Maguen S. 2016. “Veterans’ perspectives on the psychosocial impact of killing in war.” The Counseling Psychologist. 44(7): 1062-1099

Koenig CJ, Ho EY, Trupin L, Dohan D. 2015. “An exploratory typology of provider responses that encourage and discourage conversation about complementary and alternative medicine during routine oncology appointments” Patient Education & Counseling. 98(7): 857-863.

Sabee CM, Koenig CJ, Wingard L, Foster J, Chivers N, Olsher D, Vandergriff I. 2015. The Process of Interactional Sensitivity Coding in Healthcare (PISCH): Conceptually and Operationally Defining Patient Centered Communication. Journal of Health Communication. 20(7): 773-782.

Barton JL, Koenig CJ, Evans-Young G, Trupin L, Anderson J, Ragouzeos D, Breslin M, Morse T, Schillinger D, Montori VM, Yelin EH. 2014. “The design of a low literacy decision aid about rheumatoid arthritis medications developed in three languages for use during the clinical encounter.” BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 14:104-118

Koenig CJ, Wingard L, Sabee CM, Foster J, Chivers N, Olsher D, Vandergriff I. 2014. Managing Patient-centered Communication across the Type 2 Diabetes Illness Trajectory: A Grounded Practical Theory of Interactional Sensitivity. Journal of Applied Communication Research. 42(3): 244-267.

Koenig CJ, Maguen S, Seal KH. 2014. Facilitating culture-centered communication between and health care providers and veterans transitioning from military deployment to civilian life. Patient Education & Counseling. 95(3): 414-420.

Samuelson KW, Koenig CJ, McCamish N, Choucroun G, Tarasovsky G, Bertenthal D, Seal KH. 2013. Toward expanding access to care: Outcomes of a pilot web-based PTSD training for primary care providers. Psychological Services. 11(2): 153-161.

Koenig, CJ, Maguen, S, Daly, A, Cohen, G, Seal, KH. 2013. Passing the baton: A Grounded Practical Theory of outpatient handoff communication between multidisciplinary providers in two department of Veteran Affairs outpatient settings. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 28(1): 41-50

Koenig, CJ, Ho, EY, Yaedgar, V, Tarn, DM. 2012. Negotiating complementary and alternative medicine treatments with older adults in primary care. Patient Education & Counseling, 89(3): 368-373

Koenig, CJ, Dutta, MJ, Kandula, N, Palaniappan, P. 2012. “All of those things we don’t eat.”: A Culture-Centered Approach to dietary health meanings for Asian Indians living in the United States. Health Communication, 27(8): 818-828

Koenig, CJ. 2011. Negotiating patient agency in treatment recommendations with adults in primary care visits, Social Science and Medicine, 72: 1105-1114.