Marleah Dean Kruzel

Marleah Dean Kruzel

Associate Professor

contact information

Office: CIS 3043
Website: http://www.cancercommunicationresearch.com/


Dr. Dean Kruzel joined the faculty in August 2014. Her primary research intersects health, interpersonal, and applied communication—emphasizing how communication can improve health outcomes among different healthcare stakeholders. Informed by a problem-centered approach, Dr. Dean Kruzel examines how communication is effective for decision-making, uncertainty management, and promoting preventive behaviors. Her publications can be found in journal outlets such as Health CommunicationJournal of Health Communication, Academic Medicine, Journal of Genetic Counseling, Social Science & MedicinePatient Education & Counseling, Journal of Health and Mass Communication, and Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. In addition to research, she loves to teach. Two of her favorite classes are patient-provider communication and health communication. To learn more about Dr. Dean Kruzel’s work, visit her website: www.cancercommunicationresearch.com.


Health Communication, Patient-Clinician Interaction, Cancer Communication, Health Decision Making, Inherited Cancer Risk

featured media, podcasts, and blogs

"Understanding BRCA1/2 previvors’ information and support needs" (Blog - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) 

"Coping with uncertainty from genetic testing" (Podcast - National Society of Genetic Counselors)  

"Making decisions in an uncertain world" (Podcast - Health Stories) 

"Combining Personal and the Professional in Research" (Podcast - Oregon State University’s Research in Action) 

"How to make decisions in the wake of uncertainty" - (TEDxUSF) 

"Inspired by my mom" (Video - Bring Your Brave Social Media Campaign)