B.A. 2004, Wheaton College; M.A. 2006, Ph.D. 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interpersonal health communication, End-of-life decision making, Social support, Disclosing illness, Post-wedding depression
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. Current projects include studying how older adults and their adult children make end-of-life decisions, how patients and physicians discuss end-of-life decisions, and 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. She currently holds the Boyd Professorship.