ANGELA PALMER-WACKERLY, PhD, is an assistant professor, specializing in health communication in the Department of Communication Studies and the Rural Health Research Leader for the Minority Health Disparities Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is motivated by working with others to solve complex health problems, so that together, they can create a more empathetic, supportive, and equitable world. In striving to achieve that goal, she collaborates with academic and community partners, using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles, to understand how everyday communication within our social networks, organizations, communities, and policies intersect to both improve and worsen health equity.
Recently, she is interested in how her work focusing on supportive communication, identity, and decision-making intersects with the built environment (especially public outdoor spaces)—particularly for rural and minoritized ethnic/racial populations—and how community organizations, such as schools, churches, and health care organizations, can work together to promote (mental) health, a sense of belongingness, and well-being for all. She has won national and international research awards as well as several teaching awards, including UNL’s Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Her work can be found in communication, community, and public health research journals, including Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Patient Education & Counseling, and Qualitative Health Research. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Health Communication, Communication and Health Equity, and Mental Health Communication.
REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS (*denotes student co-authors)
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. (in press). 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.
Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Chaidez, V., *Wayment, C., *Baker, J., *Adams, A., & Wheeler, L. (2019). Listening to the voices of community health workers: A multilevel, culture-centered approach to overcoming structural barriers in U.S. Latinx communities. Qualitative Health Research. doi: 10.1177/1049732319855963 (early online)
Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Dailey, P. M., Krok-Schoen, J. L., Rhodes, N. D., & Krieger, J. L. (2018). Patient perceptions of illness identity in cancer clinical trial decision-making. Health Communication, 33, 1045-1054. doi:10.1080/10410236.2017.1331189
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(3-4), 261-274. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10464-013-9615-1
- COMM 189H: Communication and Mental Health
- COMM 354: Health Communication
- Comm 364: Communication, Medicine, and Health Equity