Angela Palmer-Wackerly

Angela Palmer-Wackerly
Associate Professor, Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication Communication Studies

Academia profile
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ANGELA PALMER-WACKERLY, PhD, specializes in health communication and health equity. Her work focuses on how identity, supportive communication, and decision-making intersect with health equity—particularly for those marginalized through geography, racial/ethnic identity, and (mental) health conditions. Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches, including arts-based and mixed methods research, she hopes to promote (mental) health, inclusion, belongingness, and well-being for all. Angela directs the HEAL Lab, which works to improve the Health of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world through Equity, Advocacy, and Listening. She is also the Rural Health Research Leader for the Minority Health Disparities Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Representative Publications

Voorhees, H. L., Koenig Kellas, J., Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Gunning, J. N., Marsh, J., & Baker, J. (in press). Making sense of memorable messages about infertility: Examining message valence by theme and sender. Health Communication.  

Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Voorhees, H. L., Koenig Kellas, J., Marsh, J. S., Baker, J. T., Housh, B. C., & Hall, R. D. (2022). How individuals use metaphors to negotiate fertility treatment decision-making with their romantic partners. Health Communication. Early online version.

Iannarino, N. & Palmer-Wackerly, A. L. (2022). Fertility preservation decision-making communication in young adult cancer patients and their romantic partners: An application of the DECIDE typology. Health Communication, 37(6), 778-789.

Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Reyes, M. S., Ali, S. H., Carrasco, K. G., Habecker, P., Houska, K., Chaidez, V., Soliz, J., Tippens, J. A., Holland, K. J., Pytlik Zillig, L., Patterson, K. & Dombrowski, K. (2021). Examining and evaluating multilevel communication within a mixed-methods, community-based participatory research project in a rural, minority-majority town. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 49(2), 129-147.



  • Comm 954: Seminar in Health Communication
  • Comm 955: Communication, Medicine, and Health Equity
  • GRDC 900A, B, D: Preparing Future Faculty


  • COMM 283: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 354: Health Communication
  • COMM 364: Communication, Medicine, and Health Equity
  • COMM 374: Mental Health Communication: Communication, Stigma, and (Dis)Connection
  • COMM 489: Communication Studies Capstone