Maria Venetis

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
    M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
    B.A., University of Southern Mississippi



Department Information

Communication // Faculty

Office Information

  • Dr. Venetis’s interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal and health communication and examine how individuals talk about health and how these conversations affect patient and partner outcomes. Dr. Venetis’ primary interests include physician-patient interactions and how communication during medical visits is associated with patient psychosocial outcomes such as coping and satisfaction and behavioral outcomes such as disclosure or avoidance. Recent work has included examination of patient-companion-provider communication in breast cancer treatment visits as well as LGBT sexual orientation/gender identification disclosure decisions in medical visits. Dr. Venetis also researches how relational partners manage ongoing communication concerning cancer and other non-visible health conditions. Topics include disclosure, boundary management, and topic avoidance.

    Dr. Venetis instructs graduate and undergraduate courses in interpersonal communication and health communication. Graduate seminars and independent graduate study include Interpersonal Health Communication, Interpersonal Theory, Disclosure and Information Management, and Interpersonal Health Communication in Intercultural Contexts.


  • Publications:

    • Venetis, M. K., Staples, S., Robinson, J. D., & Kearney, T. (In press). Provider information provision and breast cancer patient well-being. Health Communication.

    • Magsamen-Conrad, K., Venetis, M. K., Checton, M. G., & Greene, K. (In press). The role of response perceptions in couples' ongoing cancer-related disclosure. Health Communication.

    • Lillie, H. M., Venetis, M. K., Chernichky-Karcher, S. M. (2017, Epub ahead of print). “He would never let me just give up”: Communicatively constructing dyadic resilience in the experience of breast cancer. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1372049

    • Venetis, M. K.., Chernichky-Karcher, S. M., & Gettings, P. E. (2017, Epub ahead of print). Disclosing mental illness information to a friend: Exploring how the Disclosure-Decision Making Model informs strategy selection. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1294231

    • 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, 578-587, doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1144147

    • Baptiste, D., MacGeorge, E. L., Venetis, M. K., Mouton, A., Friley, L. B., Pastor, R., Hatten, K., Lagoon, J., Clare, S. E.,* Bowling, M. W. (2017). Motivations for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy as a function of socioeconomic status and race. BMC Women’sHealth17, doi: 10.1186/s12905-017-0366-2 

    • Robinson, J. D., Venetis, M. K., Street, R. L., & Kearney, T. (2016). Breast cancer patients’ information seeking during surgical consultations: A qualitative, video-based analysis of patients’ questions. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 114, 922-929. doi:  10.1002/jso.24470

    • Choi, S. Y., Venetis, M. K., Greene K., Checton, M., Banerjee, S. C., Magsamen-Conrad, K., & Bagdasarov, Z. (2016). Planning for self-disclosure: Applying the Disclosure Decision-Making Model (DD-MM) Framework. The Journal of Psychology. Doi: 10.1080/00223980.2016.1226742

    • Venetis, M. K., MacGeorge, E.L., Baptiste, D., Mouton, A., Friley, L. B., Pastor, R., Hatten, K., Lagoon, J., Bowling, M. W., Clare, S. E. (2016). Social network, surgeon, and media influence on the decision to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. American Journal of Clinical Oncology. doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000321

    • Venetis, M. K., Meyerson, B. E., Friley, L. B., Gilespie, A., Ohmit, A., & Shields, C.  (2016). Characterizing sexual orientation disclosure to health care providers: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual perspectives. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1144147

    • Venetis, M. K., Greene, K., Checton, M. G., & Magsamen-Conrad, K. (2015). Decision making in cancer-related topic avoidance. Journal of Health Communication, 3, 306-313, doi: 10.1080/10810730.2014.965364

    • Venetis, M. K., Robinson, J. D., & Kearney, T.  (2015). Breast-cancer patients’ participation behavior and coping during pre-surgical consultations: A pilot study. Health Communication, 30, 19-25. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.943633

    • Magsamen-Conrad, K, Checton, M. G., Venetis, M. K., & Greene, K. (2015). Communication efficacy and couples’ cancer management: Applying a dyadic appraisal model. Communication Monographs, 82, 179-200. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2014.971415

    • Checton, M. G., Magsamen-Conrad, K, Venetis, M. K., & Greene, K. (2015). A dyadic approach: Applying the developmental-conceptual model to couples coping with chronic illness. Health Education & Behavior, 42, 257-267. doi: 10.1177/1090198114557121
    • Turkiewicz, K. L., Allen, M., Venetis, M. K., & Robinson, J. D. (2014). Observed communication between oncologists and patients: A causal model of communication competence. World Journal of Meta-Analysis, 2, 186-193. doi: 10.13105/wjma.v2.i4.186
    • Venetis, M. K., Magsamen-Conrad, K., Checton, M. G., & Greene, K. (2014). Cancer communication and partner burden: An exploratory study. Journal of Communication, 64, 82-102. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12069
    • Venetis, M. K., Robinson, J. D., & Kearney, T. (2013). Consulting with surgeons prior to breast-cancer surgery: patient question asking and satisfaction.  Journal of Health Communication, 18, 943-959.  DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2012.757391.
    • Robinson, J. D., Hoover, D. R., Venetis, M. K., Kearney, T., & Street, R. (2012).  Consultations between breast-cancer patients and surgeons: A pathway from patient-centered communication to reduced hopelessness. Journal of Clinical Oncology, DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2012.44.2699
    • Venetis, M. K., Greene, K., Magsamen-Conrad, K., Banerjee, S. C., Checton, M., & Bagdasarov, Z. (2012). “You can’t tell anyone but…”: Exploring the use of privacy rules and revealing behaviors. Communication Monographs, 79,344-365
    • Greene, K., Magsamen-Conrad, K., Venetis, M. K., Checton, M. G., Bagdasarov, Z., & Banerjee, S.C. (2012). Assessing health diagnosis disclosure decisions in relationships: Testing the         Disclosure Decision-Making Model. Health Communication, 27, 356-368. 
    • Checton, M. G., Greene, K., Magsamen-Conrad, K., & Venetis, M. K. (2012). Patients’ and partners’ perspectives of chronic illness and its management. Families, Systems and Health, 30, 114-129. 
    • Venetis, M. K., Robinson, J., Allen, M., & LaPlant Turkiewicz, K. (2009). An evidence base for patient-centered cancer care: A meta-analysis of studies of actual communication between cancer specialists and their patients. Patient Education & Counseling, 77, 379-383.

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