Studies & Publications

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Dean, M., & Rauscher, E. (Accepted). “It was an emotional baby”: BRCA-positive women’s emotional versus logical decision-making styles about family planning. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 


Dean, M., & Davidson, L. G. (2016). Previvors’ uncertainty management strategies for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Health Communication. 1-9. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1250187


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. (In Press). “Let’s sit forward”: Investigating interprofessional communication, professional roles, and physical space in emergency departments. Health Communication. 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. (Online, February 2016). Toward a pancultural typology of deception motives. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. doi: 10.1080/17475759.2015.1137079


Dean, M. (2015). Book review of “Coping Together, Side by Side: Enriching Mother-Daughter Communication across the Breast Cancer Journey.” Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2014.982844


Dean, M., Oetzel, J. G., & Sklar, D. P. (2014). Communication in acute ambulatory care. Academic Medicine, 89(12), 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 and Counseling, 94, 143-148. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2013.09.025


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


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


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.


Invited Book Chapters


Dean, M. (2016). Communicatng in patient-provider relationships. 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.

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.

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.


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.

Research Translation to Practice

Dean, M. (2016). The lump that changed our lives: Using patient health narratives to drive hereditary cancer research. Medical Encounter, 30(2), 214-215.

Dean, M. (2016, May). Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in the era of online health information: The case of Angelina Jolie. Cancer Knowledge Network.

Dean, M. (January, 2016). Marleah: Inspired by My Mom.


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


Dean, M. (September, 2015). A Previvor’s Story. Invitae: Biotechnology.


Dean, M. (November, 2014). Voices of FORCE: A powerful FORCE for research. Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered’s Fall Newsletter.


Dean, M. (November, 2014). Improving physician communication in emergency departments. Featured on North Dakota State University’s Communication and Research Training Center. Applying Research to the Real World.


Dean, M. (August 2014). Faces of Breast Cancer. New York Times.


Dean, M. (February 2014). “Breaking Grad: What is health communication and how does it help change lives.” Video Episode for Graduate Student Council, Texas A&M University.


Dean, M. (September 2014). “It’s not if I will get cancer, it’s when: Exploring previvors’ management of uncertainty for breast and ovarian cancer in clinical encounters.

Public Scholarship & In the News

Highlighted by Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered’s (FORCE) May Volunteer Spotlight. (2016).

Interviewed by Bay News 9 regarding the CDC’s “Bring Your Brave” Young Women and Breast Cancer Campaign. (2015).


Interviewed for Texas A&M University’s College of Liberal Arts’ News (2014).


Cited for speaking at North Central Michigan College’s commencement address (2014).