Stacey Passalacqua, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Communication

Stacey Passalacqua


Dr. Passalacqua earned her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara; her M.A. from Purdue University; and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Her expertise is in health and interpersonal communication. Dr. Passalacqua has done research in the areas of patient-centered communication, provider skills training, physician burnout and empathy, cancer communication, social support, and more. Her work has been published in such scholarly journals as Communication Studies, The Clinical Gerontologist, Health Communication, Psychology and Health, and Quality of Life Research. Some of the courses that Dr. Passalacqua teaches in the department are Conduct of Communication Inquiry, Foundations of Communication, Relational Communication, and Theory and Practice of Social Interaction: Health Communication. She also serves as a faculty member in the FAME (Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education) program, teaching Communication for Health Professionals.


  • Health Communication

Research Interests

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials