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Kasey A. Foley

Graduate Assistant in Communication Arts and Sciences

234 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. B.S., John Carroll University, 2014
  2. M.A., John Carroll University, 2016
  3. Ph.D., Penn State University, Expected May 2020

Health communication; Strategic message design; Persuasion and support; Advice

Kasey Foley is a communication scientist whose research focuses on interpersonal communication in health contexts, with an emphasis on strategic messaging to educate, motivate, and support public engagement in health issues. Much of her work examines providers’ treatment advice, patient reception of such advice, and how to improve advice processes and outcomes. Kasey’s dissertation examines the impact of primary care advising (i.e., argumentation, sequencing, and delivery) on emerging adult patient evaluations and behaviors. Her work has been published or accepted in academic outlets including the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Medical Science Educator, and Media Psychology.

The aim of Kasey's work is to assist health providers in their efforts to effectively counsel their patients, and she pursues this work with an interdisciplinary, team-based approach. Kasey has contributed to the design, management, and research products of multiple large-scale grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Merck & Company, Inc., each aimed at addressing strategies for improving antibiotic stewardship and thereby reducing rates of antibiotic-resistant infections nationally. In addition to her work on antibiotic stewardship, Kasey has coordinated multiple studies testing the efficacy and feasibility of medical scribe interventions in outpatient pediatric and adult primary care.

Kasey was the first communication scientist to receive the Translational Science Fellowship Program (2018), offered in collaboration by Penn State Clinical and Translation Science Institute and Penn State College of Medicine. She has also received the Superior Teaching and Research Award (2019) and the Research and Grant Support Office Dissertation Award (2019) from the Penn State College of Liberal Arts.

Kasey serves as the Principal Investigator Liaison and Project Coordinator for the Student Health Research Initiative funded by Penn State’s Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences and the Social Science Research Institute. She is also assisting in the development of a new, team-taught NIH-funded graduate course called “Communication in the Life Sciences” which integrates faculty from genetics, veterinary and biomedical sciences to disseminate science communication theory to life science researchers. Kasey has served as President of the CAS Department’s Graduate Student Forum and Graduate Student Representative for a CAS Department and Huck Institutes for Life Sciences co-hire search committee. She has taught courses on Interpersonal Communication, Communication Theory, and Health Advocacy.