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Marleah Dean Kruzel
Assistant Professor

Marleah  Dean Kruzel

Health Communication, Patient-Provider communication, Cancer Communication, Genetic & Hereditary Risk

Office: CIS 3043

Dr. Dean Kruzel joined the faculty in August 2014. Her research lies at the intersection of health, interpersonal, and applied communication. Informed by a problem-centered approach, Dr. Dean Kruzel seeks to identify communication challenges in health contexts such as hereditary cancer, genetic risk, and acute ambulatory care in order to improve health outcomes. Specifically, she investigates how patient-centered communication serves as a tool for healthcare providers, patients, and their families to effectively exchange health-related information, manage uncertainty, respond to emotions, make health decisions, and promote preventative behaviors. Her publications can be found at Health Communication, Journal of Health and Mass Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Academic Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, Patient Education & Counseling, and Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. In addition to research, she loves to teach; two of her favorite classes are health communication and patient-provider communication.

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Undergraduate Course Offerings



  • PhD, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University, (College Station, TX), 2014
  • MA, Department of Communication, The University of New Mexico, (Albuquerque, NM), 2011
  • BA, Department of Communication, Michigan State University, (East Lansing, MI), 2009


Graduate Students

Brianna Cusanno