Avinash Thombre, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at the University
of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he has taught since 2004. His research and teaching
areas are in health communication, the impact of new technologies on health message
dissemination, health-related transformative experiences, and entertainment education.
In addition, he has published four scholarly articles, one book chapter, and several
Dr. Thombre received his B.Sc. and M.S. in Communication from Bangalore University,
India, and his Ph.D. degree in Communication from the University of New Mexico. He
is fascinated by human communication practices and wants to study the subject throughout
his career. He believes communicative behavior is basic to human activity and is
important for individual development, interpersonal enhancement, and the functioning
of political, economic, cultural, and social institutions. Thus, he critically studies
communicative behavior with the goal of understanding the structure, patterns, and
effects of human communication and of facilitating a higher quality of communication
for both individuals and society.
As a researcher, Dr. Thombre’s main areas of focus are Health Communication, New
Technologies and Intercultural Communication. He is interested in using the Internet
and new technologies to initiate health behavior change. His future research agenda
will involve (1) the social impact of new media technologies, with particular emphasis
on health; (2) the convergence of new communication technologies and their impact
on identity, culture and health; and (3) alternative perspectives on communication
At the University of New Mexico, Dr. Thombre’s dissertation focused on the investigation
of message effectiveness of cancer websites. The dissertation research was directed
by Distinguished Professor Everett M. Rogers—famous for his work on Diffusion of
Innovations. The dissertation identified useful web-site message development variables
by undertaking a content analysis and tested effectiveness of cancer web-site message
variables by conducting a randomized trial.
Dr. Thombre is married, has a son and a daughter, and likes to do country biking,
swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities. He relishes in engaging in scholarly
research and being open to new ideas. Teaching and working with students is very
close to his heart.