Sara Rubinelli holds a degree in Classics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (I) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in the areas of logic, argumentation theory and rhetoric. From 2005 to 2009 she was the Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Communication and Health of the University of Lugano (CH). Since September 2009 she is Scientific Coordinator of the Human Functioning Unit at Swiss Paraplegic Research (CH) and leads there the Person-Centered Healthcare Group. Since September 2012 she is Assistant Professor in Health Sciences with a focus in health communication at the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy of the University of Lucerne (CH) .
The current research and teaching activities of Sara Rubinelli covers the following areas:
Theories and models of health, disability and well-being; health communication with a focus on interpersonal (face-to-face and technology-enhanced) communication; health literacy; empowerment; patient participation; social marketing; health campaign; risk communication; the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health; health literacy; automated healthcare systems; theories and models of communication; rhetoric; argumentation theory; argument effects and persuasion; knowledge translation; health advertising; semiotics; critical thinking; communication skills in academic/professional curricula.