|OFFICE: BLTN 209C
|Dr. Rauscher’s work explores the intersection of family, health, and interpersonal communication, focusing specifically on family health history and genetic disease risk. This work requires research investigating how families interact with one another, and with outsiders such as friends and healthcare providers. Further, this research requires understanding of processes such as privacy and uncertainty management, emotion, and information dissemination. Her past research has explored these processes and given practical advice about how genetic counselors might incorporate existing family communication styles into genetic counseling sessions. Her recent projects have investigated how female previvors (women who have been diagnosed with a harmful BRCA1/2 gene) communicate with family, friends, and romantic partners about family planning decisions; how men at high family risk of breast cancer manage privacy and uncertainty related to their risk; and components that may lead to more productive and informative conversations about family health history. Her publications can be found in the Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Family Theory & Review, Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, and Communication Research Reports. She has also received several top paper awards from the National Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association.