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Allison Gordon

Associate Professor


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Email: A.Gordon [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/gordon

Education
B.A. 2004, Wheaton College; M.A. 2006, Ph.D. 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Specialties
Interpersonal health communication, End-of-life decision making, Social support, Disclosing illness, Post-wedding depression

Bio
Allison Gordon (Ph.D., 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on how the quality of people’s interpersonal communication affects their health decisions. Recent projects include a study of how older adults and their adult children make end-of-life decisions as well as a study on how physicians discuss cost-of-care with vulnerable patients. Her work has appeared in academic journals, such as Communication Monographs, Communication Yearbook, Health Communication, Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Qualitative Health Research. In 2012, she received the Award for the Analysis of Interpersonal Communication in Applied Settings from the International Communication Association. In addition, her research has been covered in the popular press, including Forbes, Psychology Today, and Everyday Health.

Awards
College of Communication and Information Excellence in Teaching Award 2013; College of Communication and Information Excellence in Research Award 2013; Outstanding Dissertation Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association 2011; Outstanding Dissertation Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association 2011; Gerald R. Miller Dissertation Award, National Communication Association 2011


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Project ACHIEVE: Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence

Researchers: Allison Gordon

Sponsors: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Dates: January 1, 2015 to September 30, 2018


Courses Taught

Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
Research and study of special topics in communication. The student proposes the specific study to be undertaken and formally contracts with a faculty supervisor for guidance and evaluation. Ordinarily, projects will require the production of written materials as a basis for the evaluation. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.
Examines current theory and research on the nature and development of interpersonal communication ability. Topics include: understanding strategic communicative relational communication elements, and cultural and institutional influences on the development of interpersonal communication.
Examines theory and research relevant to the role of interpersonal communication in managing mental and physical health. Topics related to interaction in health contexts include: communicating identity in health and illness, health and personal relationships, health care provider/ patient communication, medical decision-making, and interpersonal health education and prevention efforts.
The course reviews existing and emerging theoretical, perspectives relevant to the context of interpersonal communication. Emphasis is on theories of message production and reception, identity management, relationship development, and related processes. Methods of investigation unique to the study of interpersonal interaction are also addressed. Students are expected to be familiar with general communication theory and basic research methods prior to enrolling in the course.
This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to communication in a health care context. Topics addressed are patient-provider communication, small group communication, communication in health care organizations, intercultural communication in health care, and health images in the mass media.
Individual reading study on some communications aspects not treated in depth in a regular course or of topical interest. Advance consultation regarding reading list and examination procedure required.
Residency credit for dissertation research after the qualifying examination.
May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.
To provide advanced students with an opportunity for independent work to be conducted in regular consultation with the instructor.
Significant participation in important aspects of a research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member.
A topical seminar discussing issues in the field of health communication from a variety of perspectives, e.g., the relevance of interpersonal, international and intercultural and mass communication processes to the quality and availability of health care. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.
This course helps students explore, understand, and appreciate the patient-provider relationship through an examination and analysis of selected health communication case studies and related materials. It is also designed to improve communication skills with and among physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.
Focuses on describing and explaining communication processes that occur within the context of close relationships. Three general topic areas include: (1) developing and escalating relationships, (2) satisfying relationships, and (3) coping with relational challenges.
Intensive study of a specialized topic area in communication.
Consideration of special problems in interpersonal communication with emphasis on emergence of theory and implications for further research. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits under a different subtitle.
This course examines theory and research relevant to health communication including interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication approaches. Topics include the role of communication in general models of health and illness, the relationship between patients and healthcare providers, social support, and health campaigns.

Refereed Publications

Savage, M. W., Scott, A. M., Aalboe, J. A., Stein, P., & Mullins, R. (in press). Perceptions of oral health in Appalachian Kentucky: Implications for message design. Health Communication.

Scott, A. M. & Caughlin, J. P. (in press). Communication nonaccommodation in family conversations about end-of-life health decisions. Health Communication.

Stafford, L. L., & Scott, A. M. (in press). Blue brides: Exploring postnuptial depressive symptoms. Journal of Family Issues.

Scott, A. M., & Caughlin, J. P. (2014). Enacted goal attention in family conversations about end-of-life health decisions. Communication Monographs, 81, 261-284. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2014.925568

Scott, A. M. (2014). Communication about end-of-life health decisions. Communication Yearbook, 38, 242-277.

Stein, P. S., Aalboe, J. A., Savage, M., & Scott, A. M. (2014). Strategies for communicating with older dental patients. Journal of the American Dental Association, 145, 159-164. doi: 10.14219/jada.2013.28

Cohen, E. L., Scott, A. M., White, C. R., & Dignan, M. B. (2013). Evaluation of patient needs and patient navigator communication about cervical cancer prevention in Appalachian Kentucky. Journal of Communication, 63, 72-94. doi:10.1111/jcom.12002

Scott, A. M., Caughlin, J. P., Donovan-Kicken, E., & Mikucki-Enyart, S. L. (2013). Managing multiple goals and evaluating communication sophistication: Disclosing and responding to depression. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 139-163. doi:10.1080/10570314.2012.694007

Stone, A. M., Scott, A. M., Martin, S. C., & Brashers, D. E. (2013). Using information to manage uncertainty during organ transplantation. Qualitative Communication Research, 2, 42-60. doi:10.1525/qcr.2013.2.1.42

Quick, B. L., LaVoie, N. R., Scott, A. M., Bosch, D., & Morgan, S. E. (2012). Perceptions about organ donation among African American, Hispanic, and White high school students. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 921-933. doi:10.1177/1049732312439631

Scott, A. M., & Caughlin, J. P. (2012). Managing multiple goals in family discourse about end- of-life health decisions. Research on Aging, 34, 670-691. doi:10.1177/0164027512446942

Scott, A. M., & Quick, B. L. (2012). Family communication patterns moderate the relationship between psychological reactance and willingness to talk about organ donation. Health Communication, 27, 702-711. doi:10.1080/10410236.2011.635135

Quick, B. L., Scott, A. M., & Ledbetter, A. M. (2011). A close examination of trait reactance and issue involvement as moderators of psychological reactance theory. Journal of Health Communication, 16, 660-679. doi:10.1080/10810730.2011.551989

Quintero Johnson, J., Sionean, C., & Scott, A. M. (2011). Exploring the presentation of news information about the HPV vaccine: A content analysis of a representative sample of U.S. newspaper articles. Health Communication, 26, 491-501. doi:10.1080/10410236.2011.556080

Scott, A. M., Martin, S. C., Stone, A. M., & Brashers, D. E. (2011). Managing multiple goals in supportive interactions: Using a normative approach to explain social support as uncertainty management for organ transplant patients. Health Communication, 26, 393- 403. doi:10.1080/10410236.2011.552479

Martin, S. C., Stone, A. M., Scott, A. M., & Brashers, D. E. (2010). Medical, personal, and social forms of uncertainty across the transplantation trajectory. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 182-196. doi:10.1177/1049732309356284

Caughlin, J. P., Scott, A. M., Miller, L. E., & Hefner, V. (2009). Putative secrets: When information is supposedly a secret. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26. 713-743. doi:10.1177/0265407509347928

Aronson, E., Biegler, H., Bond, B., Clark, R. A., Drogos, K., Garcia, M. A., Gleisner, S. G., Hendee, A., Licciardello, V., Linder, S. C., Mannone, S., Marshall, L., Pham, V., Porter, R., Scott, A. M., Volkmann, J. M., & Yahn, A. (2007). Norms for teasing among college students. Communication Research Reports, 24, 169-176. doi:10.1080/08824090701304980

Rintamaki, L. S., Scott, A. M., Kosenko, K., & Jensen, R. E. (2007). Male patient perceptions of HIV stigma in health care contexts. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 21, 956-969. doi:10.1089/apc.2006.0154

Edited Chapters

Scott, A. M. (in press). Advance directives. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Scott, A. M., & Rankin, A. (in press). Communication with families. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Scott, A. M., & Iannarino, N. (2014). Ethical issues in health communication. In N. G. Harrington (Ed.), Health communication: Theory, method, and application. New York: Routledge.

Caughlin, J. P., & Scott, A. M. (2010). Toward a communication theory of the demand/withdraw pattern of interaction in interpersonal relationships. In S. W. Smith & S. R. Wilson (Eds.), New directions in interpersonal communication research (pp. 201-221). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Caughlin, J. P., Scott, A. M., & Miller, L. E. (2009). Conflict and hurt in close relationships. In A. L. Vangelisti (Ed.), Feeling hurt in close relationships (pp. 143-166). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Caughlin, J. P., & Scott, A. M. (2008). Family communication patterns. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of communication (vol. 4, pp. 1723-1729). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Updated in 2012]

Manuscripts Under Review

Cohen, E. L., Scott, A. M., Record, R., Shaunfield, S., Jones, M. G., & Collins, T. Using communication to manage uncertainty about cervical cancer screening guideline adherence among Appalachian women. Revision submitted to Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Conference Presentations

Scott, A. M., Iannarino, N. T., & Shaunfield, S. A. (November, 2014). Quality and quantity of communication in adult sibling negotiation of end-of-life health decisions for a parent.Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Cohen, E. L., Scott, A. M., Record, R. A., & Shaunfield, S. A. (May, 2014). Using communication to manage uncertainty about cervical cancer guideline adherence among Appalachian women. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Seattle, WA.

Record, R. A., Shaunfield, S. A., Scott, A. M., & Cohen, E. L. (April, 2014). Appalachian women's lay epistemology of breast cancer screening guidelines. Paper presented at the biannual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Scott, A. M. (April, 2014). Message features in family conversations about end-of-life health decisions. Paper presented at the biannual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY. communication in adult sibling negotiation of end-of-life health decisions for a parent.

Savage, M. W., Scott, A. M., Aalboe, J., Wilburn, B., Stein, P., Turner, S., Mullins, M. R., Ebersole, J. L., & Blackwell, C. (March, 2014). Baseline oral health survey of Morehead State University Undergraduates. Poster presented at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Scott, A. M., Savage, M. W., Aalboe, J., Wilburn, B., Stein, P., Turner, S., Mullins, M. R., Ebersole, J. L., & Blackwell, C. (March, 2014). Perceptions of oral health among students at Morehead State University: Findings from a focus group investigation. Poster presented at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.

Cohen, E. L., Scott, A. M., Dignan, M. B., & White, C. R. (June, 2013). Patient navigation and cervical cancer prevention: Communication strategies for addressing barriers to follow- up care in Appalachia Kentucky. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, London, United Kingdom.

Scott, A. M., Stone, A. M., Martin, S. C., & Brashers, D. E. (November, 2012). Revival, uncertainty, and medication adherence among transplant patients. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Scott, A. M., & Stafford, L. L. (July, 2012). Blue brides: Wedding decision making and postnuptial depression among newly married women. Paper presented at the biannual conference of the International Association for Relationship Research, Chicago, IL.

Scott, A. M. (May, 2012). The quality of end-of-life communication in families matters more than the quantity. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ. Top Three Paper, Interpersonal Communication Division.

Cohen, E. L., Scott, A. M., Dignan, M. B., & White, C. R. (April, 2012). Evaluating patientsÕ needs and patient navigatorsÕ communication about cervical cancer prevention in Appalachia Kentucky. Paper presented at the biannual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Scott, A. M. (November, 2011). Enacted and perceived goal attention in family conversations about end-of-life decisions. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

Scott, A. M., & Caughlin, J. P. (May, 2011). A multiple goals analysis of discursive features in family conversations about end-of-life health decisions. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Rintamaki, L. S., Kosenko, K. A., Hogan, T. P., Jensen, R. E., Scott, A. M., & Reynolds-Tylus, T. (March, 2013). The role of stigma management in HIV treatment adherence. Poster presented at the biannual DC-area Health Communication Conference, Washington, DC.

Scott, A. M., Caughlin, J. P., Mikucki, S. L., Satterlee, K. L., & Donovan-Kicken, E. (November, 2010). Managing multiple goals and evaluating communication sophistication: Responses to depression disclosure. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Stone, A. M., Martin, S. N., Scott, A. M., & Brashers, D. E. (April, 2010). Life after organ transplantation: Experiences of revival and uncertainty. Paper presented at the biannual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Scott, A. M., Caughlin, J. P., Mikucki, S. L., & Donovan-Kicken, E. (November, 2009). The message design logics of responses to depression disclosure. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Scott, A. M., & Quick, B. L. (November, 2009). Family communication patterns as a moderator of the relationship between psychological reactance and motivation to communicate about being an organ donor with family. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Stone, A. M., Scott, A. M., Carnett, S. N., & Brashers, D. E. (November, 2009). Using information to manage uncertainty during transplantation. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. Top Paper, Health Communication Division.

Carnett, S. N., Stone, A. M., Scott, A. M., & Brashers, D. E. (May, 2009). Medical, personal, and social forms of uncertainty across the transplantation trajectory. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Quick, B. L., & Scott, A. M. (May, 2009). Examining the role of framing the narrative in persuasive organ donation messages: A test of psychological reactance theory. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Quintero Johnson, J. M., Sionean, C., & Scott, A. M. (May, 2009). Exploring the presentation of news information about the HPV vaccine: A content analysis of a nationally representative sample of U.S. newspaper articles. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Scott, A. M., & Quintero Johnson, J. M. (May, 2009). The role of parental modeling and family communication patterns in developing communication competence in homeschooled children. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL. Top Three Student Paper, Interpersonal Communication Division.

Caughlin, J. P., Scott, A. M., Miller, L. E., & Hefner, V. (November, 2008). Putative secrets: When information is supposedly a secret (but actually is not). Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Rintamaki, L. S., Kosenko, K., Scott, A. M., Jensen, R. E., & LaVail, K. H. (November, 2008). The facework of stereotype threat: HIV-positive men managing the gay stereotype. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Scott, A. M., Carnett, S. N., Stone, A. M., & Brashers, D. E. (November, 2008). Social support and uncertainty management for transplant patients. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Caughlin, J. P., Scott, A. M., Miller, L. E., & Hefner, V. (July, 2008). Putative secrets: How and why are they kept, and what are the relational implications? Paper presented at the biannual conference of the International Association for Relationship Research, Providence, RI.

Quintero Johnson, J. M., Scott, A. M., & Sionean, C. (April, 2008). News information about the HPV vaccine: A proposed model for examining the effect of message content on health behavior. Paper presented at the biannual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Stone, A. M., Carnett, S. N., Scott, A. M., & Brashers, D. E. (April, 2008). Uncertainty and information management for transplant patients. Paper presented at the biannual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Harnden, B., Ratchford, K., Satterlee, K., Scott, A. M., & Walker, L. (November, 2007). The ideologies of openness and closedness in popular magazines: November - December 2006. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Scott, A. M., Hefner, V., & Miller, L. E. (November, 2007). Metaphoric descriptions of friendship development and friendship dissolution. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Miller, L. E., Hefner, V., & Scott, A. M. (May, 2007). Turning points in dyadic friendship development and termination. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Rintamaki, L. S., Scott, A. M., Kosenko, K., Jensen, R. E., & Jordan, C. (May, 2007). Male patient perceptions of HIV stigma in healthcare contexts. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Caughlin, J. P., Hefner, V., Scott, A. M., Eckstein, J., Miller, L. E., & Gleisner, S. (July, 2006). They donÕt know that we know: Putative secrets. Paper presented at the biannual conference of the International Association for Relationship Research, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece.

Miller, L. E., & Scott, A. M. (July, 2006). Declaring topics taboo: A temporal perspective. Poster presented at the biannual conference of the International Association for Relationship Research, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece.

Aronson, E., Biegler, H., Bond, B., Clark, R. A., Drogos, K., Garcia, M. A., Gleisner, S. G., Hendee, A., Licciardello, V., Linder, S. C., Mannone, S., Marshall, L., Pham, V., Porter, R., Scott, A. M., Volkmann, J. M., & Yahn, A. (November, 2005). Norms for teasing among college students. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Rintamaki, L. S., Scott, A. M., Kosenko, K., Jensen, R. E., & Jordan, C. (October, 2005). HIV stigma in healthcare contexts. Poster presented at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Chicago, IL.

Rintamaki, L. S., Kosenko, K., Scott, A. M., Jensen, R.E., & Jordan, C. (June, 2005). HIV status disclosure to past, present, and prospective sexual partners. Paper presented at the National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Scott, A. M., Murphy, E. L., & Dunigan, M. J. (April, 2004). A fatherÕs affirmation of his daughter and her college dating patterns. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Cleveland, OH.

Scott, A. M. (April, 2003). An application of the spiral of silence theory to the issue of virginity. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Omaha, NE. Undergraduate Honors Conference.

Popular Press Coverage of Research

Carlin, F. (September 2, 2014). Just say it. Psychology Today. [http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201408/just-say-it]

Bernstein, E. (March 25, 2013). The little lies spouses tell. Wall Street Journal. [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323605404578382403227014818.html ?mod=wsj_share_tweet]

Sy, S. (November 30, 2012). Battling post-wedding blues: One brideÕs story. Everyday health. [http://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/battling-post-wedding-blues-one- brides-story.aspx]

Gordon, A. M. (July 26, 2012). Between you and me: Why some relationships work Ð and others donÕt. Psychology Today. [http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/between-you-and- me/201207/wedding-bell-blues-dealing-post-wedding-depression]