TitleAssociate Professor of Communication and Media Arts
DepartmentCommunication and Media Arts
Eileen Doherty received her Ph.D. from Purdue University and teaches classes in Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Communication Campaigns, Health Communication, and Organizational Communication. Professor Doherty’s research interests include persuasion and strategic message design in applied health contexts, the communication of social support in the context of health issues, and friendship maintenance in adulthood.
Professor Doherty is also the faculty advisor to the MMC chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society. Please contact her with any questions about our chapter.
B.A., University of Rochester
M.A., Purdue University
Ph.D., Purdue University
Ortiz Juarez-Paz, A. V., Doherty, E. F., Storch, S. L., Kallis, R. B., & Kleinman, S. B. (2021). “Anyone else? Is this normal?”: Anonymously seeking information on the Ovia Pregnancy App. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 1-22.
Doherty, E. F. (2021). “It’s just like a break-up”: A qualitative analysis of turning points in female friendships in early to middle adulthood. Communication Quarterly, 69(1), 43-66.
Doherty, E. F. & Wilson, K. M. (2019). “Women ‘Playing House’: An in-depth examination of adult female friendship on television.” In R. Bromwich & Olivia Ungar (Eds.), Critical Perspectives on 21st Century Friendship. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.
Wesselmann, E. D., Day, M., Graziano, W. G., & Doherty, E. F. (2015). Religious beliefs about mental illness influence social support preferences. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 43(3), pp. 165-174.
Doherty, E. F., MacGeorge, E. L., Gillig, T., & Clare, S. E. (2015). Motivations, concerns, and experiences of women who donate normal breast tissue. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, 24, pp. 105-110.
Doherty, E. F., & MacGeorge, E. L. (2013). Perceptions of supportive behavior by young adults with bipolar disorder. Qualitative Health Research, 23, 361-374.
MacGeorge, E. L., Feng, B., Wilkum, K., Doherty, E. F. (2012). Supportive communication: A positive response to negative life events. In T. J. Socha & M. J. Pitts (Eds.), The Positive Side of Interpersonal Communication. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Competitively Selected Conference Presentations
Ortiz Juarez-Paz, A. V., Doherty E. F., Storch, S., Kallis, R., & Kleinman, S. (2020, November). “Anyone Else? Is This Normal?”: Anonymously Seeking Social Support and Information on the Ovia Pregnancy App. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention. Virtual event.
Doherty, E. F. (2017, November). Changes in friendship closeness: A qualitative analysis of turning points in female friendships in early to middle adulthood. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention. Dallas, TX.
Doherty, E. F., & Wilson, K. M. (2016, November). Women “Playing House”: An In-Depth Examination of Adult Female Friendship on Television. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA.
Doherty, E. F., & MacGeorge, E. L. (2015, November). Development and Testing of Donor Recruitment Materials for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention. Las Vegas, NV.
COMM 104: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 107: Principles & Theories of Communication
COMM 236: Public Speaking in a Digital Age
COMM 250: Introduction to Organizational Communication
COMM/PBH 315: Health Communication & Promotion
COMM 321: Communication Campaigns