Angela Palmer-Wackerly

Assistant Professor, Health & Interpersonal/Intergroup Communication Communication Studies

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2015
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DR. ANGELA PALMER-WACKERLY, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, studies health communication and the ways in which interpersonal and intergroup communication processes can be used to improve health and well-being in sensitive health contexts and underserved communities. Her research broadly explores identity, social support, and family decision-making during chronic illness. She uses mixed methods and community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to seek interdisciplinary solutions to community-defined problems, such as support gaps during patients’ cancer and infertility treatment decision-making. Her studies have investigated self-disclosure, support, risk, literacy, culture, and illness identity in cancer, infertility, and HIV. Examples of her work can be found in Health Communication, The American Journal of Community Psychology, and Journal of Language and Social Psychology.


Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Dailey, P. M., Krok-Schoen, J. L., Rhodes, N. D., & Krieger, J. L. (early online edition). Patient perceptions of illness identity in cancer clinical trial decision-making. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1331189
Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Krieger, J. L., & Rhodes, N. D. (2017). The role of health care provider and partner decisional support in patients’ cancer treatment decision-making satisfaction. Journal of Health Communication, 22, 10-19, doi: 10.1080/10810730.2016.1245804

Krieger, J. L., Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Krok-Schoen, J. L., Dailey, P. M., Wojno, J. C., Schoenberg, N., Paskett, E. D., & Dignan, M. (2015). Caregiver perceptions of their influence on cancer treatment decision-making: Intersections of language, identity, and illness. Journal of Language and Social Psychology 34, 640–656. doi: 10.1177/0261927X15587556

Palmer-Wackerly, A. L. & Krieger, J. L. (2015). Dancing around infertility: The use of metaphors in a complex medical situation. Health Communication, 30, 612-623. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.888386

Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Krok, J. L., Dailey, P. M., Kight, L., & Krieger, J. L. (2014). Community engagement as a process and an outcome of developing culturally grounded health communication interventions: An example from the DECIDE project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 261-274. doi: 0.1007/s10464-013-9615-1