Interests

My research centers on health and interpersonal communication, specifically within health behavior change, strategic message design, and health information sharing.

My dissertation project examines information sharing between midlife adults and their family members. Specifically, I am examining factors that motivate midlife adults to share health information about the benefits of outdoor activity with their adult children or aging parents.

Please see my curriculum vitae for a more detailed academic history. You can view my research philosphy here.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Responsibility in health and risk messaging"

in press, Health and Risk Message Design and Processing,Communication: Oxford Research Encyclopedias.
Amber K. Worthington

"Lifespan and developmental considerations in health and risk message design"

in press, Health and Risk Message Design and Processing,Communication: Oxford Research Encyclopedias.
Jon F. Nussbaum and Amber K. Worthington
video and slides

“Spirituality, Illness Unpredictability, and Math Anxiety Effects on Negative Affect and Affect-Management Coping for Individuals Diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency”

in press, Health Communication
Amber K. Worthington, Roxanne L. Parrott, and Rachel A. Smith
presented at the 2016 International Communication Association in Fukuoka, Japan
supported by National Institutes of Health award R21HG007111
video and slides (.pdf)

"Communicating about genes, health, and risk"

in press, 2015, Communication: Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Roxanne L. Parrott, Amber K. Worthington, Rachel A. Smith, and Amy E. Chadwick

"Organizational credibility: The role of issue involvement, value-relevant involvement, elaboration, author credibility, message quality, and message effectiveness in persuasive messages from organizations"

2015, Communication Research Reports
Amber K. Worthington, Jon F. NussBaum, Roxanne L. Parrott
Brief Summary, Background, and Files

"Congruence-incongruence patterns in Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency couples’ genetic determinist beliefs and perceived control over genes: Implications for clinical and public health genomic communication"

2015, Journal of Genetic Counseling
Roxanne L. Parrott, Rachael A. Smith, Soo Jung Hong, and Amber K. Worthington


Books

Communication at the End of Life

2015, New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Jon F. NussBaum, Howard Giles, and Amber K. Worthington


Book Chapters

"Interpersonal interactions"

in press
Jon F. Nussbaum and Amber K. Worthington
In M. H. Bornstein, M. E. Arterberry, K. L. Fingerman, & J. E. Lansford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development.

"Sport as family communication"

in press
Jon F. Nussbaum and Amber K. Worthington
In A. Billings (Ed.), Sport Communication: Defining the Field.

"A broken hip at 91"

in press
Elizabeth A. McPherson, Amber K. Worthington, and Jon F. Nussbaum
In A. du Pre & E. B. Ray (Eds.), Case Studies: Real-Life Scenarios in Health Communication.