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Melissa M. Franks

Melissa M. Franks, PhD
Fowler Memorial House, Rm. 202
ph: 765/494-2942
fax: 765/494-0503
email: mmfranks@purdue.edu

Dr. Franks focuses on couple relationships and adherence to medical protocols especially with diet management and diabetes.

Cleveland Shields

Cleveland G. Shields, PhD
Director, Center on Poverty and Health Inequities (COPHI) (Located within the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, RCHE)
Fowler Memorial House, Rm. 101
ph: 765/496-8372
fax: 765/494-0503
email: cgshields | at | purdue.edu

Dr. Shields focuses on clinical communication in healthcare, i.e., physician or clinical nurse practitioner communication with patients, spouses, and family members.

Dr. Shields has recently received support from the National Institutes of Health to examine physician patient communication. Dr. Shields and Dr. Melissa Franks are also studying patient-spouse communication during medical visits for managing Type 2 diabetes.

Cézanne Elias

Cézanne Elias, PhD
Research Scientist
Project Manager, SBI Study
Fowler Memorial House, Rm. 125A
ph: 765/494-2944
fax: 765/494-0503
email: chaas@purdue.edu

Dr. Elias focuses on cancer and the family, families and health, patient-centered care, patient-doctor communication,and individual, couple & family therapy in oncology.


Student Staff

Justin Briggs

Justin Briggs
briggsj@purdue.edu

Areas of interest: marriage and health, couple communication, divorce, common factors in psychotherapeutic change, personality development, sexual trauma, and sex therapy

Education:
BA, History and Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
MS, Marital and Family Therapy, Northwestern University

Natasha Brown

Natasha Brown
brownnr@purdue.edu

Areas of interest:  physician-patient communication; health risk perception; social support; and family communication

Education:
BA, English, Columbia College (SC)
MA, Communication, Howard University

Michelle Finley

Michelle Finley
mafinley@purdue.edu

Areas of interest: patient-centered communication and care, illness management, resilience, common factors in psychotherapeutic changes, couples therapy

Education:
BA, History, Abilene Christian University
MMFT, Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University

Lindsey Newman

Lindsey Newman
newmanl@purdue.edu

Areas of interest:  dietetics and nutrition science; fitness and health; Type 2 diabetes; nutrition in pediatrics and geriatrics

Education:
Junior in Nutrition Science, College of Health and Human Sciences
Intern, Cancer Prevention Intern Program (CPIP)
http://discoverypark.itap.purdue.edu/oncological/cpip/

Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall
marsha48@purdue.edu

Areas of interest:  patient-centered communication and care, chronic illness management, resilience, family communication, aging, social support

Education:
BS, Human Development and Family Studies, Bowling Green State University

Lynette Meece

Lynette Meece
lmeece@purdue.edu

Areas of interest: patient and physician communication, exploring empathy in a medical setting, shared decision making between patient and physician

Education:
Majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology (Pre-med) and a minor in Psychology, College of Health and Human Sciences
Intern, Cancer Prevention Program (CPIP)
http://discoverypark.itap.purdue.edu/oncological/cpip/

Seda Sahin

Seda Sahin
sahinz@purdue.edu

Areas of interest: couples therapy, family therapy with children, character strengths, divorce, attachment, mindfulness, optimism, differentiation, positive psychology, chronic illness management, resilience

Education:
BS, Psychology, Ege University
MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University Calumet
PhD, Purdue University, West Lafayette

Amber Seidel

Amber Seidel
aseidel@purdue.edu

Areas of interest: relational context of marriage, aging, marital support and control exchanges, chronic illness management

Education:
BS, Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University
MA, Sociology with a Family Specialty, Eastern Michigan University
PhD, Purdue University


Previous Lab Members

Jarrad Shaw

Jarrad Shaw
jjshaw@purdue.edu

Areas of interest: student's physical and emotional responsibility to their parents, program evaluation, family policy, romantic interpersonal interactions and relationships, family communication and emotional support, American Sign Language

Education:           
BS, Human Services, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Undergraduate Assistant at the Military Families Research Institute


Contact information:

Relationships and Healthcare
Child Development and Family Studies
Fowler Memorial House, Rm. G013
1200 West State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055

ph: 765/494-4589
fax: 765/494-0503
email: rhc@purdue.edu
web: http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/hdfs/RHC

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