Mary Marshall

Fall 2012

Research Interests

Aging, chronic illness management, family communication, social support, quality of life, patient-centered communication and care


  • Ph.D., anticipated 2018, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

  • M.S., 2014, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

  • B.S., 2009, Human Development and Family Studies, Bowling Green State University

Current Research

I am currently working on my dissertation titled, “How are you coping?”: Addressing psychosocial health in cancer patients with Dr. Cleveland Shields. The goal is to explore the frequency, content, and patterns of psychosocial communication during appointments with standardized lung cancer patients. This research will provide a deeper understanding about the degree to which psychosocial communication is associated with physician or patient factors, and in turn discover ways to promote patient-centered care.


  • 2017 – Purdue Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Bilsland Doctoral Fellowship

  • 2016 – Purdue Health and Human Sciences, Compton Professional Development Award

  • 2016 – Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant

  • 2016 – Purdue Center for Families Summer Research Award

  • 2016 – Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence, Graduate Teaching Certificate


  • Elias, C. M., Shields, C. G., Griggs, J. J., Fiscella, K., Christ, S. L., Colbert, J., Henry, S. G., Hoh, B. G., Hunt, H. E. R., Marshall, M., Mohile, S. G., Plumb, S., Tejani, M. A., Venuti, A., & Epstein, R. (2017). The Social and Behavioral Influences (SBI) Study: Study design and rationale for studying the effects of race and activation on cancer pain management. BMC Cancer, 17(1), 575.

  • Watkins, N., Fedesco, H., & Marshall, M. (in press). Student perceptions and performance in online versus flipped diversity courses: Is there too much distance in distance learning? Journal of Excellence in College Teaching.

  • Seidel, A. J., Majeske, K., Polenick, C. A., Birditt, K., Marshall, M., & Fingerman, K. L. (in review). Perspective matters: Perceptual congruence of parental health, relationship quality, and downward support on upward support from children to aging parents.

  • Seidel, A. J., Yorgason, J. B., Polenick, C. A., & Marshall, M. (in review). Depressive symptoms and sleep disturbances: Exploring the moderating effects of social support.

  • Kunberger, T., Dobbs-Oates, J., Marshall, M., & Greene, J. (in preparation). The mentor experience: Undergraduate near-peer mentor outcomes across two institutions.

Selected Presentations

  • Dobbs-Oates, J., Marshall, M., Kunberger, T., & Greene, J. (2017). Deepening disciplinary and career-focused learning in advanced undergraduates: A peer-mentoring approach. Oral presentation at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Miami University, Oxford, OH.

  • Marshall, M., Epstein, E., Fiscella, K., Griggs, J., Alexander, S. C., Friedman, E., Franks, M., & Shields, C. G. (2017). “How are you coping?”: Addressing psychosocial health in advanced cancer patients. Oral presentation at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare Conference, Baltimore, MD.

  • Marshall, M., Franks, M. M., Richards, E., McDonough, M., & Christ, S. (2017). Walking for our health: Married partners’ collaboration to promote physical activity. Poster presentation at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  • Marshall, M. (2016). He said, she said: Supportive interactions among married couples during diabetes appointments. Oral presentation at the Home and Family Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

  • Marshall, M. (2016). Developing connections: Stepping out of your comfort zone. Keynote presentation at the EDHD/HDFS Developing Connections event, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

  • Marshall, M. (2016). Communicating your research effectively. Oral presentation for the Colombia Purdue Initiative, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Marshall, M., Fedesco, H., & Watkins, N. (2016). Does course format matter when learning about diversity? Exploring student evaluations in online versus hybrid classroom structures. Poster presentation at the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL.

  • Marshall, M., Briggs, J., Oates, S., Franks, M. M., & Shields, C. G. (2015). Language use in married couples during diabetes medical encounters. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, New Orleans, LA.

  • Marshall, M., Briggs, J. G., Fuzzell, L., Oates, S. K., Franks, M. M., & Shields, C. G. (2014) Gender differences in spouse involvement during diabetes medical encounters. Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America, Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington DC.

Courses Taught

  • COM 114: Fundamentals of Communication

  • HDFS 280: Diversity in Individual and Family Life (online)

  • HDFS 331: Skills for Helping Professionals

  • HDFS 201: Introduction to Family Processes

Curriculum Vitae



Advisor: Dr. Cleve Shields

Mary Marshall

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

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