Doctoral Student

CI 344

Allyson Bontempo's interests and research focus on improving patient experience. Her work targets three areas crucial to patient experience: diagnostic error, the patient-clinician relationship, and patient support networks including online communities. Her work seeks to better understand how patient relationships with clinicians work in concert with patients' broader support networks outside of the healthcare system to shape the patient experience, particularly around issues of diagnosis. Diagnostic contexts in which she is most interested are contested, difficult-to-diagnose, and rare health conditions. Her most recent work focuses on patients with endometriosis. Bontempo's faculty advisor is Lisa Mikesell.


Rutgers University
M.C.I.S., Communication

Nova Southeastern University
40 credits toward Ph.D., Clinical psychology

Sacred Heart University
B.S., Psychology, English

Selected Publications

Bontempo, A. C., Greene, K., Catona, D., Venetis, M. K., Checton, M. G., Buckley de Meritens, A., & Devine, K. A. (2020). “We cannot have any negativity”: A secondary analysis of expectancies for the experience of emotion among women with gynecologic cancer. Journal of Health Psychology. Published online ahead of print. doi:10.1177/1359105320942863

Bontempo, A. C. & Mikesell, L. (2020). Patient perceptions of misdiagnosis of endometriosis: Results from an online national survey. Diagnosis, 7, 91-96. doi:10.1515/dx-2019-0020

Checton, M. G., Venetis, M. K., Catona, D., Bontempo, A. C., Greene, K., Buckley de Meritens, A., & Devine, K. A. (2019). Reports of sharing and withholding cancer-related information by patients with gynecologic cancer and their supporters. Oncology Nursing Forum, 46, 676-685. doi:10.1188/19.ONF.676-685

Adelman, C. B., Panza, K. E., Bontempo, A., & Bloch, M. H. (2014). A meta-analysis of computerized cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of DSM-5 anxiety disorders. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75, 695-704. doi:10.4088/JCP.13r08894 

Awards & Recognitions

ICCH 2019 Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship Award, Academy of Communication in Healthcare (2019). 

Outstanding Continuing Doctoral Student in Communication, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University (2019).

Outstanding Student, Master of Communication and Information Studies (MCIS), School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University (2017).