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Rebecca Cline

Professor

PhD., The Pennsylvania State University, 1975
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1973
B.S., The Pennsylvania State, 1971

Rebecca came to Kent State from Michigan where she was a Senior Scientist in the Communication and Behavioral Oncology Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences in the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Based on her research, her expertise and experience in graduate education and curriculum development, and her leadership in the field, Dr. Cline is recognized in the communication, health education, and public health disciplines as a long-standing leader in health communication.  In 2006, she was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section of the American Public Health Association. In 2006, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Family Medicine and the Wayne State University School of Medicine Outstanding Teaching Award.

Dr. Cline has authored 48 refereed publications and more than 30 chapters, technical reports, and reviews; and has delivered more than 190 research presentations at scientific meetings.  She has conducted extensive research on the role of interpersonal communication in health (both everyday interpersonal communication and communication that occurs in formal health care contexts). Her publications include a groundbreaking chapter in the Handbook of Health Communication on the role of everyday interpersonal communication and health, a chapter that addresses a major gap in the health communication literature. Her current research focuses on psychosocial responses to a slow-motion technological disaster, in Libby, MT, site of what EPA has called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history; and on the impact of parent-child communication in pediatric oncology treatment contexts on parent and child psychosocial adjustment. In addition, she has conducted extensive research on interpersonal communication and HIV/AIDS prevention, communication with people with HIV disease, and gender issues associated with communicating about HIV/AIDS; direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and its potential influence on physician-patient relationships; the Internet (consumer health information seeking, Internet information seeking by cancer patients, the "dark" side of the Internet); and school education materials addressing prescription drug abuse.

Dr. Cline helped to develop the first formal graduate program in health communication in the U.S. (at University of Maryland). Later she designed health communication curricula (tracks and specializations) and directed a graduate certificate program in health communication at University of Florida.

Dr. Cline has served on grant application review panels for the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the NIH Center for Scientific Review, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; as a contract proposal reviewer for the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information System; as a member of an expert symposium panel on physician-patient communication for the National Cancer Institute; and as a planning board member for a fetal alcohol syndrome prevention campaign for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. In addition, she has served terms as an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member for a dozen professional journals and as an invited reviewer for 30 professional journals. Dr. Cline also has served as Chair of the Health Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Eastern Communication Association.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Publications:

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Berry-Bobovski, L., Hernandez, T., Black, C. B., Schwartz, A. G., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (in press). Community-level social support responses in a slow-motion technological disaster: The case of

Albrecht, T. L., Penner, L. A., Cline, R. J. W., Eggly, S. S., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2009). Studying the process of clinical communication: Issues of context, concepts and research directions. Journal of Health Communication, 14(Supple 1), 47-56.

Penner, L. A., Cline, R. J. W., Albrecht, T. L., Harper F. W. K., Peterson, A. M., Taub, J. M., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2008). Parents' empathic responses and pain and distress in pediatric patients. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 30(2), 102-113.

Cline, R. J. W., Penner, L. A., Harper, F. W. K., Foster, T. S., Ruckdeschel, J. C., & Albrecht, T. L. (2007). Patients' Internet use for cancer information and socioeconomic status as factors in oncologist-patient communication. Journal of Oncology Practice, 3, 167-171.

Peterson, A. M., Cline, R. J. W., Foster, T. S., Penner, L. A., Parrott, R. L., Keller, C. M., Naughton, M. C., Taub, J. W., Ruckdeschel, J. C., & Albrecht, T. L. (2007). Parents' interpersonal distance and touch behavior and child pain and distress during painful pediatric oncology procedures. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 31, 79-97. [lead article] [mentored]

Eggly, S., Penner L. A., Albrecht, A. L., Cline, R. J. W., Foster, T., Naughton, M., Peterson, A. M., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2006). Discussing "bad news" in the outpatient oncology clinic: Rethinking current communication guidelines: Author reply to comment. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24, 3217-3218.

Cline, R. J. W., Harper, F. W. K., Penner, L. A., Peterson, A. M., Taub, J. W., & Albrecht, T. (2006). Parent communication and child pain and distress during painful pediatric cancer treatments. Social Science and Medicine, 63, 883-898.

Morris, M. C., Cline, R. J. W., Weiler, R. W., & Broadway, S. C. (2006). Prescription drug abuse information in D.A.R.E. Journal of Drug Education, 36(1), 33-45. [mentored]

Eggly, S., Penner L. A., Albrecht, A. L., Cline, R. J. W., Foster, T., Naughton, M., Peterson, A. M., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2006). Discussing "bad news" in the outpatient oncology clinic: Rethinking current communication guidelines. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24, 716-719.

Book Chapters     

Cline, R. J. W. (2008). Patient-provider communication. In W. Dornsbach (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication, Volume 8, pp. 3526-3530.  

Other Publications:Book Reviews, Published Abstracts, Training Materials

Cline, R. J. W., Berry-Bobovski, L., Silk, K. J., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2007, March). "I'd rather die than ask for help:" The role of cultural values in responses to a slow-motion technological disaster. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33, S071. [Abstract]

Peterson, A. M., Cline, R. J. W., Foster, T. S., Jones, E. M., Penner, L. A., Taub, J. W., Ruckdeschel, J. C., & Albrecht, T. L. (2006). Indirect support: Effects of multiple caregivers on nonverbal immediacy experienced by children during painful pediatric oncology procedures. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31, S007-S008. [Abstract] [mentored]

Penner, L. A., Cline, R. J. W., Jones, E. M., Taub, J. W., Ruckdeschel, J. C., & Albrecht, T. L. (2006). Dispositional and affective correlates of treatment-related pain among pediatric cancer patients. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31, S007. [Abstract]

Cline, R. J. W., Jones, E. M., Peterson, A. M., Penner, L. A., Taub, J. W., Ruckdeschel, J. C., & Albrecht, T. L. (2006). Verbal combat: Risks of invalidating children's experiences during painful oncology procedures. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31, S008. [Abstract]

Albrecht, T. L., Cline, R. J. W., Penner, L. A., & Peterson, A. M. (2006). Parental role in pediatric pain. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31, S007. [Abstract]

Harper, F., Keller, C., Peterson, A., Cline, R., Penner, L., Taub, J., & Albrecht, T. (2006). Caregivers' depression and anxiety and their use of nonverbal behavior during pediatric oncology treatment. Psycho-Oncology, 15. [Abstract]   

PROFESSIONAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS     

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Berry-Bobovski, L., Hernandez, T., K. S., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., &  Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2009, November). Toxic social environments: A model for understanding and responding to slow-motion technological disasters based on the case of amphibole-asbestos exposure in Libby, Montana. To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Berry-Bobovski, L., Hernandez, T., K. S., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., &  Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2009, November). Social conflict and its sources in a slow-motion technological disaster: The Libby, Montana amphibole-asbestos disaster. To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Berry-Bobovski, L., Hernandez, T., K. S., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2009, November). Courtesy stigma at the community level: Stigmatized by association with the slow-motion technological disaster (SMTD) in Libby, MT. To be presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Orom, H., Cline, R. J. W., Kim, S. H., Wittberg, M. B., Berry-Bobovski, L., Schwarta, A., & Ruckdeschecl. J. C. (2009, November). Lay epidemiologies of asbestos-related disease in  

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Berry-Bobovski, L., Hernandez, T., Silk, K. S., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2009, May). Social support functions during a slow-motion technological disaster: The case of amphibole asbestos exposure in Libby, Montana. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Sayir, A., Broadway, S. C., Silk, K. J., Berry-Bobovski, L., Philips, S. A., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2008, October). When communication "creates" the disaster: Communication and information need in a slow-motion technological disaster. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Sayir, A., Berry-Bobovski, L., Silk, K. J., Broadway, S. C., Philips, S. A., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2008, October). Us-them relationships in a slow-motion technological disaster. Dynamics and consequences of stigma associated with asbestos-related disease in Libby, MT. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA

Cline, R. J. W., Orom, H., Sayir, A., Berry-Bobovski, L., Silk, K. J., Broadway, S. C., Philips, S. A., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2008, October). Slow-motion social support? Social support needs and processes in a slow-motion technological disaster. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.

Orom, H., Cline, R. J. W., Sayir, A., Hernandez, T., Broadway, S. C., Silk, K. J., & Schwartz, A. G. (2008, October). Community-wide disaster alert: Psychological consequences of living a slow-motion technological disaster. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA. [Poster]

Cline, R. J. W., Berry-Bobovski, L., Orom, H., Sayir, A. D., Coleman, D. K., Francis, C., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2007, November). "You'd think she had AIDS:" Stigmatizing responses to asbestos-related disease as a barrier to health behavior. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.

Orom, H., Cline, R. J. W., Berry-Bobovski, L., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2007, November). "I'm watching each one of my family members die:" Public health consequences of family dynamics in a slow-motion technological disaster. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.

Cline, R. J. W., Berry-Bobovski, L., Coleman, D. K., Orom, H., Francis, C., Sayir, A. D., Silk, K. J., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A. G., Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2007, March). I'd rather die than ask for help:" The role of cultural values in responses to a slow-motion technological disaster. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. [Poster]

Cline, R. J. W., Berry-Bobovski, L., Coleman, D. K., Silk, K. J., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2006, November). When everyone needs help: Social support processes associated with a slow-motion technological disaster. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.

Cline, R. J. W., Berry-Bobovski, L., Coleman, D. K., Silk, K. J., Hernandez, T., Black, B., Schwartz, A., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2006, November). Living in "a town left to die:" Impact of a slow-motion technological disaster on community image and dynamics. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA. [Poster]

Cline, R. J. W., Jones, E. M. Peterson, A. M., Penner, L A., Taub, J. W., Ruckdeschel, J. C., & Albrecht, T. L. (2006, April). Understanding the role of parents' invalidating communication during painful pediatric oncology procedures: A theoretical model and cases. Presented at the biannual meeting of the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Harper, F. W. K., Keller, C., Peterson, A. M., Cline, R. J., Penner, L. A., Taub, J. W., & Albrecht, T. L. (2006, February). Caregivers' depression and anxiety and their use of nonverbal behavior during pediatric oncology treatment. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Amelia Island, FL. [Poster]

Rebecca Cline
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