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 researches the ways in which identities and supportive communication from family, friends, and health care providers relate to patients' health and treatment decisions.  She uses mixed methods and community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to examine illness identity, culture, health literacy, support, disclosure, risk, and health care access to inform culturally competent, sustainable interventions to improve health equity. Her specific areas of interest are: (1) improving communication between families, patients, and providers to influence health and treatment decision-making in cancer, infertility, and the intersection between these two diseases; and (2) rural community engagement through cultural identity and communication to create sustainable solutions to community-defined health problems, such as cancer, diabetes, mental health, and health-care access.  Examples of her work can be found in Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, American Journal of Community Psychology, Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journal of Cancer Education, Journal of Aging and Health, and Journal of Community Health. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Health Communication, Communication and Health Disparities, and Mental Health Communication. 

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS (*denotes student co-authors)

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., *Voorhees, H., *D’Souza, S., & *Weeks, E. (2019). Infertility patient-provider communication and (dis)continuity of care: An exploration of illness identity transitions. Patient Education and Counseling, 102, 804-809. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2018.12.003

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., & 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

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