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Nichole Egbert

Associate Professor

B. A., Augustana College
M.A., University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D., University of Georgia

Interests: Health Communication; Social Support Processes; Health Literacy; Health & Spiritualit; Relational and Interpersonal Communication.

Nichole currently teaches courses in Health Communication, Relational Communication, and Foundations of Communication.  Her research interests include social support and health, health literacy, and spirituality/religiosity in health contexts.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Publications

Egbert, N. (expected 2014). Integrating intergenerational family caregiving research across discipline and culture: Identity, attribution, and relationship. Communication Yearbook.

Egbert, N., Miraldi, L., & Murniadi, K. (2013). Friends don’t let friends suffer from depression: How threat, efficacy, knowledge, and empathy relate to college students’ intentions to intervene on behalf of a depressed friend. Journal of Health Communication, (ahead of print) 1-18.

Polk, D., & Egbert, N. (2013). Speaking the language of love: On whether Chapman’s (1992) claims stand up to empirical testing. The Open Communication Journal, 7, 1-11.

Egbert N. (2013). Religion, fatalism, and health locus of control: Persuading African American women to obtain mammography screenings. In C. Lieberman (Ed.), Casing persuasive communication. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Egbert, N., & Hall, S. R. (2012). Health communication and religion. In S. Croucher and T. Harris (Eds.), Religion and communication: An anthology of extensions in theory, research, and method. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Wright, K. B., Rosenberg, J., Egbert, N., Ploeger, N., & Bernard, D. (2012). Communication competence, social support, and depression among college students: A model of Facebook and face-to-face support network influence. Journal of Health Communication, 18, 41-57.

Smith, G. C., Egbert, N., Dellman-Jenkins, M., Nanna, K., & Palmieri, P. (2012). Reducing depression in stroke survivors and informal caregivers: A randomized clinical trial. Rehabilitation Psychology, 57, 196-206.

Egbert, N., & Belcher, J. D. (2012). Reality bites: An investigation of the genre of reality television and its relationship to viewers' body image. Mass Communication & Society, 15, 407-431.

Goodall, C., Sabo, J., Cline, R. W., & Egbert, N. (2012). Threat, efficacy, and uncertainty in the first five months of national print and electronic news coverage of the H1N1 virus. Journal of Health Communication, 17, 338-355.

Egbert, N. Query, J. L., Jr., Quinlan, M. M., Savery, C. A., & Martinez, A. R. (2011). (Re) Viewing health communication and related interdisciplinary curricula: Towards a transdisciplinary perspective. In T. L., Thompson, J. Nussbaum, & R. L. Parrott (Eds.), Handbook of Health Communication (2nd ed., pp. 610-631).  New York: Taylor & Francis.

Rosenberg, J., & Egbert, N. (2011). Online impression management: Personality traits and concern for secondary goals as predictors of self-presentation tactics on Facebook. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 17, 1-18.

Hollenbaugh, E., & Egbert, N. (2009). A test of Communication Privacy Management Theory in cross-sex friendships. Ohio Journal of Communication, 47, 113-136.

Egbert, N., & Nanna, K. (Sept. 30, 2009). Health literacy: Challenges and strategies. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 14(3), Manuscript 1.

Egbert, N., Coeling, H., & Mickley, J. (2009). Communicating worldviews: Interrelationships of spirituality, culture, and health behavior. In M. Wills (Ed.), Communicating spirituality in health care. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.    

Kleman, E. E., Everett, M., & Egbert, N. (2009). Social support strategies among women of faith. Journal of Communication & Religion, 32, 157-193.

Egbert, N., & Rubin, R. (2009). Measurement in health communication. In R. B. Rubin, A. M. Rubin, E. E. Graham, E. M. Perse, & D. R. Seibold (Eds.), Communication research measures II: A sourcebook. New York: Routledge.

 Egbert, N. (2008). "Teacher comforting and social support,"4963-4965. The international encyclopedia of communication (ed. Donsbach), Volume 11. Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford, UK and Malden, MA)..

Egbert, N., Sparks, L., Kreps, G., & du Pre, A. (2008). Finding meaning in the journey: Methods of spiritual coping for aging cancer patients. In L. Sparks, D. H. O'Hair, & G. L. Kreps, (Eds.). Cancer communication and aging (pp. 277-291). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 

Parrott, R., Krieger, J., Silk, K., & Egbert, N. (2008). Aging adults and online cancer information: Promises and pitfalls in an era of genomic health care. In L. Sparks, D. H. O'Hair, & G. L. Kreps, (Eds.). Cancer communication and aging (47-66). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 

Gore, T. D., Caine-Bish, N., Olds, R. S., DeJulius, A., Mitchell, S. Juvancic- Heltzel, J., Pierce, K., & Egbert, N. (2008). The 4:3:2:1 Healthy Kids Project: A pilot intervention to reduce childhood obesity in elementary school students. Cases in Public Health Communication & Marketing, 2, 87-104. Retrieved August 1, 2008 from casesjournal.org/volume2 

Baxter, L. E., Egbert, N., & Ho, E. (2008). Everyday health communication experiences of college students. Journal of American College Health, 56, 427-436.                                                                     

Egbert, N., Koch, L., Coeling, H., & Ayers, D. (2006). The role of social support in the family and community integration of right hemisphere stroke survivors. Health Communication, 20, 45-55. 

Egbert, N., & Polk, D. (2006). Speaking the language of relational maintenance: A validity test of Chapman's (1992) five love languages. Communication Research Reports, 23, 19-26.   

Koch, L., Egbert, N., & Coeling, H. (2005) Speaking of research: The Working Alliance as a model for interdisciplinary collaboration. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 25, 369-373. 

Koch, L, Egbert, N., Coeling, H., & Ayers, D. (2005). Returning to work after the onset of illness: The experiences of right hemisphere stroke survivors in their attempts to return to work. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 48(4), 209-218. 

Egbert, N., Mickley, J., & Coeling, H. (2004). A review and application of social scientific measures of religiosity and spirituality: Assessing a missing component in health communication research. Health Communication, 16, 7-27. 

Egbert, N. (2003). Support provider mood and familiar versus unfamiliar events: An investigation of social support quality. Communication Quarterly, 51, 209-224. 

Egbert, N., & Parrott, R. (2003). Empathy and social support for the terminally ill: Implications for recruiting and retaining hospice and hospital volunteers. Communication Studies, 54, 18-34. 

Parrott, R., Egbert, N., Anderton, J, & Sefcovic, E. (2002). Enlarging the role of environment as a social influence construct in health campaigns. In J. P. Dillard & Michael Pfau (Eds.), The Persuasion Handbook: Theory and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 633-660. 

Egbert, N., & Parrott, R. (2001). Self-efficacy and rural women's performance of breast and cervical cancer detection practices. Journal of Health Communication, 6, 219-233.      

Sutherland, J., Egbert, N., Gjerde, C., Pint-Burke, T., Franklin, C., & Walker, D., (1998). Dictation in the presence of the patient. Archives of Family Medicine, 7, 281-284.

Egbert, N. (1998). A surprising health resource for non-native speakers of English: Advocating social support networks in medical encounters. TESOL in Action, 12(10), 11-12.

Convention Papers

Egbert, N. (November 2013). Identity, attribution, and relationship: Integratingintergenerational family caregiving research across discipline and culture. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, DC.

Egbert, N., Murniadi, K., & Hall, S. R. (2012, November). Are you scared of HPV? The effects of knowledge and health literacy on college students’ understanding of health news. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Egbert, N., Rosenberg, J., Heeman, V., Tomko, C., Christian, S., Bernat, D., Smith, G., Nanna, K., & Dellman-Jenkins, M. (2012, November). Helping the helpers: Stroke caregivers’ reflections at the conclusion of an online intervention involving peer and professional social support. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.    

Smith, G. C., Egbert, N., Dellman-Jenkins, M., & Nanna, K. (2011, November). A Web-based intervention for improving the psychological well-being of male stroke survivors and their spousal caregivers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Rosenberg, J., & Egbert, N. (2010, November). Online impression management: Personality traits and concern for secondary goals as predictors of self-presentation tactics on Facebook. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Heeman, V., & Egbert, N. (2010, November). The effects of father-daughter communication on daughter’s psychological well-being. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Goodall, C.E., Sabo, J., Cline, R., Egbert, N., & Hargis, J. (2010, April). Threat, efficacy, and uncertainty in the first five months of national print and electronic news coverage of the H1N1 virus. Paper presented to the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, Kentucky.

Egbert, N., Goodall, C.E., Sabo, J., Hargis, J., & Cline, R. (2010, April). Individual health literacy and news story readability: An H1N1 case study. Paper presented to the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Egbert, N., & Belcher, J. D. (2009, November). Reality bites: An investigation of reality television and the cultivation of body image. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Savery, C. A., & Egbert, N. (2008, November). Hospice volunteer as patient advocate: First steps toward conceptualization and measurement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Egbert, N., Corr, M., & Heeman, V. (2008, April). Reality television and the cultivation of body image. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Kleman, E. E., Everett, M. K., & Egbert, N. L. (2007, November). Communicating in faith communities: Effective social support strategies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Egbert, N., Gore, T. D., Caine-Bish, N., Olds, R. S., DeJulius, A., Mitchell, S., Juvancic-Heltzel, J., & Pierce, K. (2007, May). The 4:3:2:1 Healthy Kids Project Part I: A Pilot Intervention to Reduce Childhood Obesity in Elementary Students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Fransisco, CA. 

Egbert, N., Sparks, L., Kreps, G. L., & DuPre, A. (2007, March). Finding meaning in the journey: Methods of spiritual coping for aging cancer patients. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN. 

Kleman, E., & Egbert, N. (2006, November). Requesting relationship escalation A test of Communication Boundary Management Theory in same-sex friendships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX. 

Dellman-Jenkins, M., Smith, G., Egbert, N., Coeling, H., Johnson, R. (2005, November). Perceived difficulty in meeting the care recipient's emotional needs and the psychological well-being of family caregivers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL. 

Gore, T., & Egbert, N. (2005, November). Examining locus of control and cognitive or emotional responses regarding health risk perceptions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA. 

Polk, D., & Egbert, N. (2005, November). Speaking the language of love: Scale validation and test of Chapman's (1992) five love languages on couples' perceived relational quality. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA. 

Daniel, L. B., & Egbert, N. (2005, May). The effects of knowledge and empathy in a theoretically-based intervention campaign targeting depression. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New York, NY. 

Popa, C., Dumrongsiri, N., Egbert, N., & Sharp, K. (2005, May). Source, type, and impact of network members' communication on college students' drinking and smoking behaviors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Egbert, N., Coeling, H., & Mickley, J. (2005, April). Communicating worldviews: Interrelationships of spirituality, culture, and health behavior. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, MO. 

Parrott, R., Krieger, J., Silk, K., & Egbert, N. (2004, November). Aging adults and online cancer information: Promises and pitfalls in an era of genomic health care. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. 

Egbert, N., & Haridakis, P. (2004, November). Investigating the precursors of why and how we communicate about health. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. 

Egbert, N., Koch, L., Coeling, H., & Ayers, D. (2004, May). The role of social support in the family and community integration of right hemisphere stroke survivors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. 

Baxter, L. A., Egbert, N., & Ho, E. (2004, February). Everyday health communication among college students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Communication Association, Albuquerque, NM. 

Egbert, N., & Polk, D. (2003, November). Speaking the language of love: Couples' attachment styles, love languages, and perceived relational quality. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Miami Beach, FL.                                                 

Egbert, N., & Haridakis, P. (2003, April). Motivation, channel selectivity, and health communication. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Omaha, NE. 

Egbert, N., Coeling, H., & Mickley, J. (2002, November). A review and application of social scientific measures of religiosity and spirituality: Assessing a missing component in health communication research:. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. 

Egbert, N., & Parrott, R. (2001, November). Volunteering to provide social support to hospice patients: A test of problematic integration theory. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA.     

Egbert, N., & Parrott, R. (2001, April). Empathy and social support for the terminally ill: Comparisons between hospice and hospital volunteers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Cincinnati, OH.

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