parents management of their children's complex chronic condition 

  • Rafferty, K. A., & Hutton, K., & Heller, S. (2019). "I will communicate with you, but let me be in control": Understanding how parents manage private information about their chronically ill children. Health Communication, 34, 100-109. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1384432

  • Rafferty, K. A., & Sullivan, S. L. (2017). “‘You know the medicine, I know my kid’: Being a parental advocate for children with complex chronic conditions. Health Communication, 32, 1151-1160. doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1214221

  • Rafferty, K. A., & Sahlstein Parcell, E. M. (2016). “Dialectical tensions experienced during pediatric chronic illness: Analyzing art therapy conversations from a relational dialectics perspective.” Journal of Clinical Art Therapy, 3, 21-31. doi:


couples communication about END-OF-LIFE (EOL) preferences

  • Cramer, E. M., Rafferty, K. A., Priddis, D. (2016). Studying end-of-life conversations between spouses: A qualitative application of problematic integration theory. In B. Flett & M. Gill (Eds.) Sage Research Methods Cases - Health. Los Angeles, CA: Sage. doi:10.4135/9781526403353

  • Rafferty, K. A., Cramer, E., & Priddis, D. (2016). Problematic integration and dying wishes: Examining spousal information-seeking about end-of- life care preferences. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 33, 69-76. doi:10.1177/1049909114550675

  • Rafferty, K. A., Cramer, E., Priddis, D., & Allen, M. (2015). Talking about end-of-life preferences in marriage: Applying the theory of motivated information management. Health Communication, 30, 409-418. doi:10.1080/10410236.2014.889555


role of social support in chronic illness management

  • Rafferty, K. A., Billig, A. & Mosack, K. E. (2015). Spirituality, religion, and health: The role of communication and appraisals in the coping process for individuals living with chronic illness. Journal of Religion & Health, 54, 1870-1885. doi:10.1007/s10943-014- 9965-5

  • Mosack, K. E., Rafferty, K. A., Billig, A. K., Wendorf, A. R., Brouwer, A. M., & Stevens, P. (2016). An examination of actor-partner social support effects on HIV-related problems and interpersonal outcomes among a sample of HIV-positive African American dyads. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 196-204. doi:10.1037/cdp0000060