Professor Emerita


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  • Office Hours:

    By appointment only
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor Emerita
  • Concentration:

    • Narrative engagement
    • Health communication
    • Political communication
    • Media audience processes
    • News reporting
  • Department:

    • Journalism & Media Communication
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Background in newspaper reporting, writing, editing. Degrees from University of Iowa, Ball State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Persuasion research on traditional rhetorical and narrative content. Political communication research on presidential elections, social group communication, active audiences. Health communication research on adolescent and young adult health behaviors, information seeking, information processing. Also, research on news reporting and news content, generally related to politics and health. Interdisciplinary teaching and research on women, gender and ethnic studies.

Select Publications:

Boiarsky, G., Rouner, D., & Long, M. (In press). Effects of responsibility attribution and message source on young adults health attitudes and behaviors. Journal of Health Communication.

Caputo, N. C., & Rouner, D. (2011). Narrative processing of entertainment media and mental illness stigma. Health Communication, 26(7), 595-604.

Rouner, D., Slater, M. D., & Long, M. (2009). The relationship between editorial and advertising content about tobacco and alcohol in United States newspapers: An exploratory Study. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 86(1), 103-118.

Rouner, D. & Lindsey, R. (2006). Female adolescent communication about sexually transmitted diseases. Health Communication, 19(1), 29-38.

Rouner, D., Slater, M. D., & Domenech-Rodr_guez, M. (2003). Audience evaluation of gender role and sexual imagery in television advertisements. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 47(3), 435-454.

Slater, M. D., Rouner, D., & Long, M. (2006). Television dramas and support for controversial public policies: Effects and mechanisms. Journal of Communication, 56, 235-252.

Slater, M. D., & Rouner, D. (2002). Entertainment-education and elaboration likelihood: Understanding the processing of narrative persuasion. Communication Theory, 12(2) 173-191.

Rouner, D., Slater, M. D., & Buddenbaum, J. M. (1999). How perceptions of news bias innews sources relate to beliefs about media bias. Newspaper Research Journal, 20, 41-51.

Slater, M. D., & Rouner, D. (1996). Value-affirmative and value-protective processing of alcohol education messages that include statistical evidence or anecdotes. Communication Research, 23(2), 210-235.

Rouner, D. (1990). Rock music use as a socializing function. Popular Music and Society, 14(1), 97-107.