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Sandra Petronio

Campus Address: AO 101
Phone: 317-274-8655
Fax: (317)274-8657
Email: petronio@iupui.edu
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Professor of Communication Studies,
IU School of Medicine,Senior Affiliate Faculty, Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, Adjunct Professor in the IU School of Nursing and School of Informatics


B.A. SUNY at Stony Brook 1973
M.A. University of Michigan 1977
Ph.D. University of Michigan 1979

Academic Interests

Privacy, disclosure, confidentiality, health communication, family communication, interpersonal relationships, on-line social media, Communication Privacy Management Theory


ethics, disclosure, confidentiality, and privacy management, health communication, family communication.


Keynote Speaker, "Big Data: Challenges in Life Sciences Conf., 2014; Keynote Speaker, Amsterdam Privacy Conference; Keynote Speaker, International Association for Relationship Research, 2008; Keynote Speaker for the Southern States Communication Association, 2011, IARR Recognition Award, 2010President of International Association for Relationship Research (2006-07); Elizabeth Andersch Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Ohio University, 2007; Keynote speaker Honor, Summit on Communication on Trust, University of Denver, CO (2006); Congressional Briefing on Privacy (2005); International Association for Relationship Research Book Award (2004); National Communication Association, Gerald R. Miller Book Award (2003); National Communication Association, Bernard J. Brommel Lifetime Award for Excellence in Family Communication Scholarship and Service (2003); Bernard Brock Award for Scholarly Research (2003); Keynote speaker, Privacy and Disclosure, Penn State University (2003).


Numerous books and journal articles including most recently:Child, Petronio, Agyeman-Budu, Westermann (2011). Blog scrubbing: Exploring triggers that change privacy rules. Computers in Human Behavior; Petronio & Sargent (2011). Disclosure predicaments arising during the course of patient care: Nurses privacy management. Health Communication; Petronio (2010). Communication privacy management theory: What do we know about family privacy regulation? Journal of Family Theory and Review;
Co-author, Privacy and disclosure of HIV/AIDS in interpersonal relationships: A handbook for researchers and pratitioners (in press);
Author, Boundaries of Privacy: Dialectics of Disclosure (2002);
Editor, Balancing the Secrets of Private Disclosure (2000);
articles in Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Studies.


Director of the IUPUI Translation of Research into Practice Campus-Wide Initiative; Special Issue Editor, Journal of Family Communication; Associate Editor, Journal of Family Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Advisory Board, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships Journal, Communication Studies, Journal of Applied Communication Research; Extensive professional and academic service including:
Advisory Board Member, Skillman Center for Children, Wayne State University;
Associate Editor, Journal of Family Communication (1999-), Journal of Communication (1999-2000), Communication Monographs (1996-1999)

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