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Roxanne L. Parrott

Roxanne L. Parrott

Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

219 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-6255

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. B.A., University of Arizona, 1985
  2. M.A., University of Arizona, 1987
  3. Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1990


Research Activities and Interests

I emphasize the processes and outcomes associated with communication about health. My recent research focuses on the design of health messages to promote behavioral adaptation in situations where individuals are unable, unwilling, and/or unlikely to avoid situations and practices that put their health at risk. I have applied a behavioral adaptation approach to farmers' sun protection practices and am currently investigating its utility for involving the lay public in understanding the implications of human genetics research and information for personal well-being. I utilize a community-based approach in the dissemination of behavioral adaptation messages.


  • CAS 202: Introduction to Communication Theory
  • CAS 213: Persuasive Speaking
  • CAS 557: Health Communication/Campaigns

Research Areas

  • Communication Campaigns
  • Lay and Peer Influence
  • Staff Disclosure
  • Privacy
  • Informated Consent
  • Cancer Prevention


  • National Communication Associaton's Applied Communication Division's Distinguished Article Award for Parrott, R., Monahan, J., Ainsworth, S., & Steiner, C. (1998). Communicating to farmers about skin cancer: A behavioral adaptation model. Human Communication Research, 24, 386-409. (1999)
  • Linkages Award, National Association of County and City Health Officials [NACCHO] and Association of States and Territories Health Organizations [ASTHO] in recognition of "Promoting Skin Cancer Prevention in Georgia" as an innovative national model of collaborative activity between local public health agencies and institutions of higher learning (1999)
  • Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association (1999)
  • Creative Research Medal, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Presented each year to 3 or 4 members out of 1,800 full-time faculty in recognition of an outstanding body of research with a single theme conducted over the past five years (1999)
  • Thesis Advisor Award for the 1998 Thesis of the Year Award, International Communication Association and National Communication Association Health Communication Divisions (1998)
  • Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association (1997)
  • Speech Communication Association's Applied Communication Division's Distinguished Book Award for Designing Health Messages: Approaches from Communication Theory and Public Health Practice (1996)
  • Southern States Communication Association's Early Career Research Award (1995)
  • Top Three Paper, Southern and Central States Communication Associations' combined annual meeting, Applied Communication Division, Lexington, KY (1993)
  • Dissertation Research Award: University of Arizona (1989)
  • Top Three Paper, Speech Communication Association, Health Communication Division (1988)
  • Two Top Three Papers, Speech Communication Association, Health Communication Division (1987)
  • Top Three Paper, International Communication Association, Health Communication Division (1987

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Department of Communication Arts & Sciences faculty, graduate students, family members, and their dogs posing behind the left field foul pole during "Bark in the Park" night at a State College Spikes minor league baseball game, August 11, 2011.

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