Cézanne Elias

Research Interests

Patient-physician communication; patient-centered care and decision making in medical settings; impact of chronic health conditions on individuals, couples, and families; couple and family interventions; behavioral coding


Dr. Elias joined the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Purdue in the spring of 2011. Her research focuses on how physical health, wellbeing, and activation impacts aging individuals, caregivers, and subsystems within and outside of the family system. She is currently studying the impact of patient-physician behaviors including decision making and pain assessment on patient health outcomes.

Selected Publications

  • Elias, C. M., Shields, C. G., Griggs, J. J., Fiscella, K., Christ, S. L., Colbert, J., & Henry, S. G. (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. doi:10.1186/s12885-017-3564-2

  • Karam, E. A., Clymer, S. R., Elias, C., & Calahan, C. (2014). Together face-to-face or alone at your own pace: Comparing traditional vs. blended learning formats in couple & family relationship coursework. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 41, 85-93.

  • 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), 740-6. doi:10.1080/10410236.2012.715380


  • 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 280: Diversity in Individual and Family Life

  • HDFS 330: Sexuality and Family Life

  • HDFS 346: Research Design and Program Evaluation

  • HDFS 455: Field Experience in HDFS

Cézanne Elias
Clinical Assistant Professor

(PhD, Purdue University)

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