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Ellen Bonaguro, Ph.D.

Ellen Bonaguro, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Emeritus


Teaching Areas
Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Quantitative Research Methods


Research Interests
Health communication, history of the field, provider-client communication, communication and health outcomes, organizational communication in health care contexts, health communication campaigns



Ph.D. - Communication, Ohio University

Department of Communication
FAC 154
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Ky. 42101

Selected Publications

Kreps, G., & Bonaguro, E. (2009). Health communication as applied communication inquiry.  In Frey,
          L., Cissna, K. (Eds.)  Handbook of applied communication research.   New York: Routledge

Query, J., Bonaguro, E., Siriko, T., Maslowski, B. (2006). A review of the Handbook of Health
.  (Thompson, TL, Dorsey, AM, Miller, KI, & Parrott, R.(Eds., 2003). Journal of
          Health Communication.

Kreps, G., Bonaguro, E., & Query, J. (1998). The history and development of the field of health
          communication. In L. Jackson & B. Duffy (Eds.), Health communication research: A guide
          development and directions. Westport, CT:Greenwood Press.

Additional Information
Dr. Bonaguro is returning to the department after serving as the Director of the Academic Advising and Retention Center and then as the Associate Dean of Student Services and Enrollment overseeing AARC, Student Disability Services and five TRiO programs. She has been actively involved with improving the advising services for WKU students and also increasing the retention of current students.

Professional Affiliations
National Communication Association
National Academic Advising Association
Kentucky Academic Advising Association


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