The Documentary Team

Co-Producer, Research, and Public Affairs

Lynn M. Harter, Ph.D., is the Steven and Barbara Schoonover Professor of Health Communication at Ohio University and Senior Editor of Health Communication. Her research focuses on discourses of health and healing and organizing processes, and has been funded by the Ohio Arts Council and the Office of Rural Health Policy. She has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters, several books and numerous trade/industry publications. Her co-edited volume entitled Narratives, Health, and Healing received an Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association in 2006. She lives in Athens, Ohio, with her husband, Scott, daughter, Emma Grace, and hamster Clara Belle.  Learn more about Lynn.

Co-Producer and Director

Casey Hayward, M.F.A., is Assistant Professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University. Hayward directs and produces independent documentary films in addition to teaching students the craft of visual storytelling. Hayward’s documentary films have shown at the Cannes Marché du Film, the United Nations Association Film Festival, The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and many other film festivals. His most recent documentary, Plan F, received the award for best cinematography at the 2007 Oxford International Film Festival and will be distributed by Fanlight Productions, a leading distributor of films about healthcare and disabilities.  Learn more about Casey.

Associate Producer and Web Monkey

Courtney E. Cole, M.A., is a Doctoral Student in the School of Communication Studies. Her research interests include narrative approaches to health, healing, and organizing processes, particularly in contexts of conflict and suffering. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Cole worked in communications and research for several nonprofit organizations. Cole is a Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Communication Studies and currently serves as Editorial Assistant for Health Communication. Learn more about Courtney.