My name is Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel (PhD, Texas A&M University), and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida and a Collaborator Member in the Health Outcomes and Behavior Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center. My research intersects health, interpersonal, and applied communication--examining how communication can improve health outcomes among different healthcare stakeholders. Recently, my research investigates how patients, families, and healthcare providers exchange information, manage uncertainty, and make decisions about issues of genetic testing and hereditary cancer.
My work has been published in journal outlets such as Health Communication, Journal of Genetic Counseling, Academic Medicine, Patient Education & Counseling, Social Science & Medicine, and Qualitative Health Research as well as invited as chapters in various books and edited collections. In addition to research, I also love to teach. Two of my favorite classes are health communication and patient-provider communication.
As a BRCA2 carrier myself, I am committed to patient engagement throughout the research process and translating my research into practice. To this end, I volunteer for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE, an organization committed to making sure no patient or family member goes through hereditary cancer alone), and I am a spokesperson for the CDC's "Bring Your Brave" campaign designed to educate and inspire young women about breast cancer risk. To learn more, you can watch this video.