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Danielle Catona
Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
250 Pearson
Newark, DE 19716

Biography

Dr. Danielle Catona earned her PhD in Communication from Rutgers University in 2015. She received her MA from Penn State University and her BA from the College of New Jersey. 

Dr. Catona's teaching and research interests include interpersonal communication and persuasion.

Her interpersonal work explores how people manage ongoing communication concerning non-visible health conditions in relational and familial contexts, which she has applied to various chronic health conditions. Her persuasion work focuses on increasing involvement and engagement in message processing of health messages across the lifespan, especially with adolescents and older adults. 

Awards

• Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, ECA, 2016

• Dissertation of the Year Award, Communication and Aging Division, NCA, 2015

• Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, NCA, 2015

• Top Paper Award, Applied Communication Division, NCA, 2015

• Top Paper Award, Communication and Aging Division, NCA, 2011, 2014

• Thesis of the Year Award, Communication and Aging Division, NCA, 2011

• Stephen A. Smith Award, Lambda Pi Eta Division, NCA, 2007

Research Interests

​Dr. Catona's program of research includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of theory-driven interventions. She has two approaches to interventions including interpersonal communication and persuasion. Her interpersonal work explores how people manage ongoing communication concerning non-visible health conditions in relational and familial contexts, which she has applied to various chronic health conditions, including HIV/AIDS, mental illness, heart disease, and dementia. Her persuasion work focuses on increasing involvement and engagement in message processing of prevention messages across the lifespan, especially with adolescents and older adults. 

Publications

Carpenter, A., Greene, K., Checton. M. G., &  Catona, D. (in press). Extending the relational turbulence model: Examining uncertainty and interference with cardiology patients. In J. A. Theiss & K. L. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

 

Catona, D. (in press). "We have been robbed of the life we planned": Relational turbulence and

experiences of Alzheimer's disease in late-life married couples. In J. A. Theiss & K. L. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

 

Checton, M. G., Greene, K., Carpenter, A., & Catona, D. (2017). Perceptions of health information seeking and partner advocacy in the context of a cardiology office visit: Connections with health outcomes. Health Communication, 32, 587-595. doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2016.1144148

 

Greene, K., Catona, D., Elek, E., Magsamen-Conrad, K., Banerjee, S. C., Hecht, M. L. (2016). Improving

prevention curricula: Lessons learned through formative research on the Youth Message Development Curriculum. Journal of Health Communication, 21, 1071-1078. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2016.1222029  

 

Catona, D., Greene, K., Magsamen-Conrad, K., & Carpenter, A. (2016). Perceived and experienced stigma among people living with HIV: Examining the role of prior stigmatization on reasons for and against future disclosures. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44, 136-155. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2016.1155726

 

Catona, D., & Greene, K. (2016). Self-disclosure. In C. R. Berger & M. E. Roloff (Eds.), International

encyclopedia of interpersonal communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Catona, D., Greene, K., & Magsamen-Conrad, K. (2015). Perceived benefits and drawbacks of

disclosure practices: An analysis of people living with HIV/AIDS' strategies for disclosing HIV status. Journal of Health Communication, 20, 1294-1301. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1018640

 

Smith, R. A., Hernandez, R., & Catona, D. (2014). Investigating initial disclosures and reactions to

unexpected, positive HPV diagnosis. Western Journal of Communication, 78, 426-440. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2013.786120

 

Teodoro, R., & Catona, D. (2014). The implementation of electronic medical records into existing medical practice. In M. Brann (Ed.), Contemporary case studies in health communication: Theoretical and applied approaches (Chapter 21). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

 

Greene, K., Carpenter, A., Catona, D., & Magsamen-Conrad, K. (2013). The Brief Disclosure Intervention (BDI): Facilitating African Americans' disclosure of HIV. Journal of Communication, 63, 138-158.               

doi: 10.1111/jcom.12010

 

Warren, J. R., & Catona, D. (2013). Inner-city low-income African American light smokers: Perceptions of

cessation counseling. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24, 1306-1316.

doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0146

 

Greene, K., & Catona, D. (2013). Seeking a last first date: Strategic self-disclosure and self-presentation as persuasion in online dating interactions. In C. Liberman (Ed.), Casing persuasive communication (pp. 35-50). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

 

Hipper, T. J., Catona, D., & Nussbaum, J. F. (2010). Transitioning from independence to dependence: Family relational adaptation to Alzheimer's Disease. In M. Miller-Day (Ed.), Family communication and health transitions: Going through this together (pp. 351-375). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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