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Cézanne Elias

Research Interests

Patient-physician communication, couple and family interventions in health, patient-centered care and shared decision making in medical settings, impact of cancer on individuals, couples, and families.


Dr. Elias joined the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Purdue in the spring of 2011. She is the project manager of a large NIH grant focused on patient-physician communication and teaches undergraduate courses in the HDFS department. Dr. Elias is active in the Relationships and Healthcare Lab with Dr. Shields and Dr. Franks. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana.

Selected Publications

• Shields, C. G., Finley, M. A.*, Elias, C. M.*, Coker, C. J.*, Griggs, J. J., Fiscella, K., & Epstein, R. M. (in press). Pain assessment: The roles of physician certainty and curiosity. Health Communication.

• Elias, C. M., & Jameyfield, L. (2006). “How does your garden grow?” In K. M. Hertlein & D. Viers (Eds.), The couple and family therapist’s notebook: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in psychotherapy. New York: The Haworth Press, Inc.


• PhD, 2010, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University
• MS, 2005, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University Calumet
• BS, 2002, Human and Community Development, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

Courses Recently Taught

HDFS 330: Sexuality and Family Life
HDFS 346: Research Design and Program Evaluation
HDFS 455: Field Experience in HDFS
HDFS 454: Career Assessment and Development