Studies & Publications

Featured Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 

Dean, M., Campbell-Salome, G., & Rauscher, E. A. (2020). Engaging men with BRCA-related cancer risks: Practical advice for BRCA risk management from male stakeholders. American Journal of Men’s Health, 14(3), 1-10. doi:10.1177/15579883209249932

*Lake, P. W., Kasting, M. L., Dean, M., Fuzzell, L., Hudson, J., Carvajal, R., Reed, D.R., Quinn, G.P., Vadaparampil, S.T. (2020) Exploring patient and provider perspectives on the intersection between fertility, genetics and family building. Supportive Care in Cancer. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05315-1.

*Ross Arguedas, A.A., Scherr, C.L., Dean, M., *Getachew-Smith, H., & Clements, M. (2020). Intersections of health and gender imperatives: stratified decision-making among women with a BRCA mutation. BioSocieties15, 270. doi: 10.1057/s41292-019-00155-7

*Hintz, E. A., & Dean, M. (2020). Best practices for returning research findings to participants: Methodological and ethical considerations for communication researchers. Communication Methods and Measures, 14(1), 38-54. 

Rauscher, E. A., Dean, M., *Campbell-Salome, G., & Barbour, J. (2019). “How do we rally around the one who was positive": Familial uncertainty management in the context of men managing BRCA-related cancer risks. Social Science & Medicine, 242. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112592

*Getachew-Smith, H. B., *Ross, A. A., Scherr, C. L., Dean, M., & *Clements, M. L. (2019). Previving: How unaffected women with a BRCA1/2 mutation navigate previvor identity. Health Communication, 35(10), 1256-1265. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1625002

Dean, M., & Fisher, C. L. (2019). Uncertainty and previvors’ cancer risk management: Understanding the decision-making process. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 47(4), 460-483. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2019.1657236

Dean, M., Rauscher, E. A., **Gomez, E., **Fisher, C. (2019). Expectations versus reality: The impact of men’s expectancy violations in conversations with healthcare providers about BRCA-related cancer risks. Patient Education & Counseling. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.010.


Dean, M. & Rauscher, E. A. (2018). Men’s and women’s approaches to disclosure about BRCA-related cancer risk and family planning decision-making. Qualitative Health Research, 28(14).


Rauscher, E. A., Dean, M., Campbell, G.* (2018). “I am uncertain about what my uncertainty even is”: Men’s uncertainty and information management of their BRCA-related cancer risks. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 27(6), 1417-1427.

Dean, M. & Davidson, L.* (2018). Previvors’ uncertainty management strategies for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Health Communication, 33(2), 122-130. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1250187

Dean, M., & Rauscher, E. (2017). “It was an emotional baby”: Previvors’ family planning and decision-making styles about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 26(6), 1301-1313. doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0069-8


Dean, M. (2016). “It’s not if I get cancer, it’s when I get cancer”: BRCA-positive patients’(un)certain health experiences regarding hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk. Social Science & Medicine163, 21-27.


Dean, M., Gill, R., & Barbour, J. (2016). “Let’s sit forward”: Investigating interprofessional communication, professional roles, and physical space in emergency departments. Health Communication, 31, 1506-1516. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1089457


Dean, M. (2016). Celebrity health announcements and online health-information seeking: An analysis of Angelina Jolie’s preventative health decision. Health Communication, 31, 752-761. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.995866


Dean, M., Oetzel, J. G., & Sklar, D. P. (2014). Communication in acute ambulatory care. Academic Medicine, 89, 1617-1622. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000396


Dean, M., & Street, R.L., Jr. (2014). A three-stage model of patient-centered communication for addressing cancer patients’ emotional distress. Patient Education & Counseling, 94, 143-148. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2013.09.025


Dean, M., & Oetzel, J. G. (2014). Physicians’ perspectives of managing tensions around dimensions of effective communication in the emergency department. Health Communication, 29, 257-266. doi:10.1080/10410236.2012.743869


*Graduate student or **undergraduate student collaborator during the production of this manuscript.

Featured Podcasts 

Dean, M. (2020). Season 2, Episode 3: “Coping with Uncertainty from Genetic Testing.” National Society of Genetic Counselors Genetic Counselors & You Podcast Series.


Dean, M. (2018). Episode #31 “Making Decisions in an Uncertain World.” Health Stories Podcast.


Dean, M. (2017). Episode #71 “Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel on Combining Personal and the Professional in Research.” Oregon State University’s Research in Action Podcast

Featured Public Scholarship

Dean, M. (2016). Marleah: Inspired by My Mom. CDC’s “Bring Your Brave” Social Media Campaign.

Dean, M. (2015). CDC’s national social media health communication campaign’s “Bring Your Brave” for Young Women and Breast Cancer.