Studies & Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 

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


Rauscher, E. A., Dean, M., Campbell, G.* (2018, online). “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.


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


Rauscher, E. A. & Dean, M. (2017). "I've just never gotten around to doing it": Men's Approaches to Managing BRCA-related Cancer Risks. Patient Education & Counseling, 101(2), 340-345. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.07.015


Rauscher, E. A., & Dean, M. (2017). “Take your time, then follow your heart:” Previvors’ advice for communicating about family planning after testing positive for a BRCA genetic variant. Families, Systems, & Health, 35(4), 486-497. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000312


Scherr, C.L., Dean, M., Clayton, M.F., Hesse, B.W., Silk, K., Street Jr., R.L., & Krieger, J. (2017). A research agenda for communication scholars in the era of precision medicine. Journal of Health Communication, 22(10), 839-848. doi:10.1080/10810730.2017.1363324


**Koruo, R., Dean, M., Scherr, C. L., *Clements, M., Ross, A. A.* (2017). Previvors’ perceptions of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer health information. American Journal of Undergraduate Research, 14(2), 95-104.


Dean, M., Scherr, C. L., *Clements, M., **Koruo, R., **Martinez, J., *Ross, A. (2017). “When Information is Not Enough”: A Model for Understanding BRCA-positive Previvors’ Information Needs regarding Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk. Patient Education & Counseling, 100(9), 1738-1743. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.03.013


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


Levine, T. R., Ali, M. V., Dean, M., Abbula, R. A., & Garcia‑Ruano, K. (2016). Toward a pancultural typology of deception motives. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 45, 1-12. doi: 10.1080/17475759.2015.1137079


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


Gill, R., Barbour, J., & Dean, M. (2014). Shadowing in/as Work: Ten Recommendations for Shadowing Fieldwork Practice. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 9, 69-89. doi: 10.1108/QROM-09-2012-1100


Clark-Hitt, R., Dean, M., Smith, S. W., Nazione, S., Atkin, C. K., & Whitten, P. (2010). Relative frequency of breast cancer website information topics: Environmental risk, prevention, detection, treatment, awareness, social support, and survivorship. Journal of Health and Mass Communication, 2, 35-54.

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

Invited Book Chapters

Clayton, M. F. & Dean, M., & Mishel, M. (2018). Theories of Uncertainty in Illness. In M.J. Smith & P. Liehr (Eds). Middle range theory in advanced practice nursing (4th ed., pp. 49-81). New York, NY: Springer Publishing. ISBN: 9780826159915.

Dean, M. (2016). Patient-provider communication. In J. Yamasaki, P. Geist-Martin, & B. Sharf (Eds.), Storied health and illness: Communicating health: Personal, cultural, and political complexities (2nd ed., pp. 53-74). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc. Publishing. ISBN: 1478632488.

Barbour, J. B., Gill, R., & Dean, M. (2016). Work space, gendered occupations, and the organization of health: Redesigning emergency department communication. In T. Harrison & E. Williams (Eds.), Organizations, communication, and health (pp. 101-118). New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 1138853097.

Dean, M., & Street, R. L., Jr. (2015). Managing uncertainty in clinical encounters. In B. Spitzberg & A. Hannawa (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Competence (pp. 477-501). Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter Publishing. ISBN: 3110317052.



Dean, M., & Street, R. L., Jr. (2015). Patient-centered communication. In E. Wittenberg, B. Ferrell, J. Goldsmith, T., Smith, M. Glajchen, G. Handzo, & S. L. Ragan (Eds.), Textbook of Palliative Care Communication (pp. 238-245). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190201708.

Featured Research Translation to Practice

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

Dean, M. (2017). How to make decisions in the wake of uncertainty. TEDxUSF.

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.

Recent Public Scholarship

Featured in Online Learning Consortium Today, Volume 16, Issue 12 for “Research in Action.”

Featured in the USF News for TEDxUSF Talk entitled, “How to Make Decisions in an Uncertain Future.” (2017).