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, specializes in Health Communication and specifically researches the ways in which identities and supportive communication from family, friends, and health care providers relate to our health decisions. Her particular areas of interest are taboo topics (topics which are uncomfortable to talk about, such as infertility) and rural health disparities (health disadvantages for people living in rural communities, including cancer, mental health, and health care access). She uses mixed methods and community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to examine disclosure, support, risk, health literacy, culture, and illness identity. Examples of her work can be found in Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, and The American Journal of Community Psychology. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Health Communication, Health Disparities, Family Communication, and Mental Health Communication. 


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