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Eileen Doherty


Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts


Communication and Media Arts






Eileen Doherty received her Ph.D. from Purdue University and joined the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College in the fall of 2012. She 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

Recent Work


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.

Liberman, C. J., & Doherty, E. F. (2015). Social support and stress buffering during end-of-life communication: The role of messages in alleviating concerns when death is imminent. In M. Brann (Ed.), Contemporary case studies in health communication: Theoretical and applied approaches (2nd ed., pp. 189–201). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Doherty, E. F., & MacGeorge, E. L. (2014). Barriers impeding social support: The experiences of young adults with bipolar disorder. Iowa Journal of Communication, 46(1), pp. 114-137.

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 to be 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.


Courses taught:

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 308: Advocacy, Media, & Public Health

COMM/PBH 315: Health Communication & Promotion

COMM 321: Communication Campaigns


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