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Erina L. Farrell (MacGeorge)

Erina L. Farrell (MacGeorge)

Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences

221 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1948

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  1. B.A., University of Alaska, 1992
  2. Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1999

Erina L. (MacGeorge) Farrell is a social scientist specializing in interpersonal and health communication. Her research examines social support and social influence, with a particular focus on advice. Her work includes the development of advice response theory, which explains advice outcomes for recipients as a function of message, advisor, situation, and recipient characteristics. Recent research examines advice between doctors and parents about childhood antibiotic use and breast cancer patients making surgical decisions with input from their social networks, as well as advice between college student friends coping with everyday problems. Since moving to Penn State in 2014, Dr. MacGeorge has taught courses on communication theory (CAS 202), interpersonal communication theory and research (CAS 403), and advice (CAS 597), and will be teaching courses on interpersonal communication theory (CAS 555) and communication and social support (CAS 597). She is co-author, with Kathleen Verderber, of the textbook Inter-Act (14th ed.).