Speech Communication

Cramer publishes two articles in medical journals

Nov 03, 2014

Emily Cramer, North Central College visiting assistant professor of speech communication, has coauthored two published articles.

One was coauthored with Katherine Rafferty and DeAnne Priddis of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a Sage publication.

Titled “Managing End-of-Life Uncertainty: Applying Problematic Integration Theory to Spousal Communication About Death and Dying,” the piece draws from Ohio University professor Austin Babrow’s problematic integration theory to examine spousal preemptive conversations about death and dying. The authors used a mixed-method approach, including directed and latent content analyses, to examine why spouses had or had not had conversations about end-of-life preferences.

A second was coauthored with Susan McRoy and Hayeon Song of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and published in the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews.

Titled “Assessing Technologies for Information-Seeking on Prostate Cancer Screening by Low-Income Men,” the article investigates the benefits and challenges in deploying automated question-answering as an alternative to web-based searching to provide information about prostate cancer screening for low-income men age 40 years and older.

Cramer joined North Central’s faculty in 2014. She received her B.A. from Marquette University, her M.A. from DePaul University and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.