Associate Professor of Communication


CI 303

Maria Venetis’ research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal and health communication; her research examines how individuals talk about health and the outcomes of these conversations. She examines patient-provider interactions and communicative practices within medical visits such as the connection between patient and companion question asking and stating of psychosocial outcomes such as satisfaction and adherence. Other work identifies specific patient disclosure strategies when sharing this medically relevant, non-visible, and potentially stigmatizing information. Venetis also studies how relational partners manage ongoing communication concerning cancer and other non-visible health conditions. Recent research includes communicative behaviors that promote resilience among relational partners and supportive communication during cancer care.


The University of Southern Mississippi
B.A., Speech Communication

The University of Southern Mississippi
M.A., Speech Communication

Rutgers University
Ph.D., Communication


Maria Venetis's current research, teaching, and doctoral projects emphasize the following themes:

  • Resilience-promoting communication within romantic relationships
  • Supportive communication patterns in dyads managing cancer
  • Provider-patient interactions
  • Disclosure patterns and strategies when sharing medically-relevant, potentially stigmatizing information

Centers, Labs, Working Groups, and Clusters

Selected Publications

Venetis, M. K., Chernichky-Karcher, S., & Lillie, H. (2020). Dyadic communicative resilience: Predictors and outcomes among cancer patients and partners. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 48, 49-69 doi: 10.1080/00909882.2019.1706098

Venetis, M. K., Staples, S., Robinson, J. D., & Kearney, T. (2019). Provider information provision and breast cancer patient well-being. Health Communication, 34, 1032-1042. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1454254

Chernichky-Karcher, S., Venetis, M. K., & Lillie, H. (2019). The Dyadic Communicative Resilience Scale (DCRS): Scale development, reliability, and validity. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27, 4555-4564. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04763-8

Lillie, H. M., Venetis, M. K., Chernichky-Karcher, S. M. (2018). “He would never let me just give up”: Communicatively constructing dyadic resilience in the experience of breast cancer. Health Communication, 33, 1516-1524. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1372049

Venetis, M. K., Meyerson, B. E., *Friley, L. B., Gilespie, A., Ohmit, A., & Shields, C. (2017). Characterizing sexual orientation disclosure to health care providers: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual perspectives. Health Communication, 32, 578-586. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1144147

Awards & Recognitions

2019    Lorene Burkhart Award for Excellence in Research about Families at Purdue University

2017    Central States Communication Association Federation Research Prize ($4,830)

2017    Top Four Paper Award, ICA Health Division

2016    Brian Lamb School of Communication Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award,

Purdue University

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