Faculty Associates

Cleveland G. Shields

Contact Information
Email: cgshields |at| purdue.edu
Office: FWLR 101 Map
Phone: (765) 496-8372
Fax: (765) 494-0503
Homepage: Homepage
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

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B.S. Penn State University
M.Div. Wesley Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Purdue University 1987

Research Interests

Patient/family-healthcare provider interaction, health communication, health disparities, couple & family coping with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.


Purdue Research Foundation
Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
Department of the Navy
National Cancer Institute

Selected Publications

Dong, S., Butow, P. N., Costa, D. S. J., Dhillon, H., & Shields, C. G. (2014).The influence of patient-centered communication during radiotherapy education sessions on post-consultation patient outcomes. Patient Education and Counseling. 95(3):305-312.

Alexander, S. C., Fortenberry, J. D., Pollak, K. I., Bravender, T., Davis, J. K., Ostbye, T., Tulsky, J. A., Dolor, R. J., & Shields, C. G. (2014). Sexuality talk during adolescent health maintenance visits. JAMA Pediatrics, 168(2), 163-169. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4338

Edwardsen, E. A., Reis, S., Morse, D. S., Gurnsey, M. G., Taupin, A., Shields, C. G., Griggs, J., & McDaniel, S. H. (2013). Physician dialogues with advanced cancer patients: Mostly patient-friendly but often physician-directed. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 1(1).

McDaniel, S. H., Morse, D. S., Edwardsen, E. A., Gurnsey, M. G., Taupin, A., Griggs, J. J., & Shields, C. G. (2013). Physicians criticizing physicians to patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(11), 1405-1409. doi:10.1007/s11606-013-2499-9

Shields, C. G., Finley, M. A., Elias, C. M., Coker, C. J., Griggs, J. J., Fiscella, K., & Epstein, R. M. (2013). Pain assessment: The roles of physician certainty and curiosity. Health Communication, 28(7), 740-746. doi:10.1080/10410236.2012.715380

Franks, M. M., Sahin, Z. S., Seidel, A. J., Shields, C. G., Oates, S. K., & Boushey, C. J. (2012). Table for two: Diabetes distress and diet-related interactions of married patients with type 2 diabetes and their spouses. Families, Systems, & Health, 30, 154-165.

Shields, C. G., Finley, M. A., & Chawla, N., & Meadors, P. (2012). Couple and family interventions in health problems. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38(1), 265-280. doi:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00269.x

Franks, M. M., Shields, C. G., Sands, L., Lim, E., Mobley, S., & Boushey, C. J. (2011). I will if you will: Similarity in health behavior change of married partners. Health, Education, & Behavior, 39, 324-331. doi:10/1177/1090198111402824

Shields, C. G., Ziner, K. W., Bourff, S. A., Schilling, K., Zhao, Q., Monahan, P., Sledge, G., & Champion, V. (2010). An intervention to improve communication between breast cancer survivors and their physicians. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28(6), 610-629. DOI:10.1080/07347332.2010.516811

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