Danielle Catona received her PhD in 2015 from Rutgers University. She served as a Research Associate in the Health and Human Development Division at Education Development Center and Temporary Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Ramapo College before joining the graduate faculty at Seton Hall University.
Dr. Catona's program of research includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of theory-driven health interventions. She has two approaches to health interventions including persuasion and interpersonal communication. Her persuasion work focuses on increasing involvement and engagement in message processing of prevention messages across the lifespan, especially with adolescents and older adults. Her interpersonal work explores how people manage ongoing communication concerning non-visible health conditions in relational and familial contexts, which she has applied to various chronic health conditions, including HIV/AIDS, mental illness, heart disease, and dementia.
Dr. Catona has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, and Health Communication. She has co-authored a number of book chapters on communication in older adulthood and self-disclosure. Dr. Catona has presented her research at numerous national and international communication, health, and relational conferences.
- Ph.D., Communication Rutgers University, 2015
- M.A., Communication Arts and Sciences Penn State University, 2010
- B.A., Communication Studies The College of New Jersey, 2008
Articles Published in Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Greene, K., Catona, D., Elek, E., Magsamen-Conrad, K., Banerjee, S. C., Hecht, M. L. (in press). Improving prevention curricula: Lessons learned through formative research on the Youth Message Development Curriculum. Journal of Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2016.1222029
Checton, M. G., Greene, K., Carpenter, A., & Catona, D. (in press). Perceptions of health information seeking and partner advocacy in the context of a cardiology office visit: Connections with health outcomes. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1144148
Catona, D., Greene, K., Magsamen-Conrad, K., & Carpenter, A. (2016). Perceived and experienced stigma among people living with HIV: Examining the role of prior stigmatization on reasons for and against future disclosures. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44, 136-155. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2016.1155726
Catona, D., Greene, K., & Magsamen-Conrad, K. (2015). Perceived benefits and drawbacks of disclosure practices: An analysis of people living with HIV/AIDS' strategies for disclosing HIV status. Journal of Health Communication, 20, 1294-1301. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1018640
Smith, R. A., Hernandez, R., & Catona, D. (2014). Investigating initial disclosures and reactions to unexpected, positive HPV diagnosis. Western Journal of Communication, 78, 426-440. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2013.786120
Greene, K., Carpenter, A., Catona, D., & Magsamen-Conrad, K. (2013). The Brief Disclosure Intervention (BDI): Facilitating African Americans' disclosure of HIV. Journal of Communication, 63, 138-158. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12010
Warren, J. R., & Catona, D. (2013). Inner-city low-income African American light smokers: Perceptions of cessation counseling. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24, 1306-1316. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0146
Carpenter, A., Greene, K., Checton. M. G., & Catona, D. (accepted book chapter). Extending the relational turbulence model: Examining uncertainty and interference with cardiology patients. In J. A. Theiss & K. L. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Catona, D. (accepted book chapter). "We have been robbed of the life we planned": Relational turbulence and experiences of Alzheimer's disease in late-life married couples. In J. A. Theiss & K. L. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Catona, D., & Greene, K. (2016). Self-disclosure. In C. R. Berger & M. E. Roloff (Eds.), International encyclopedia of interpersonal communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Teodoro, R., & Catona, D. (2014). The implementation of electronic medical records into existing medical practice. In M. Brann (Ed.), Contemporary case studies in health communication: Theoretical and applied approaches (Chapter 21). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Greene, K., & Catona, D. (2013). Seeking a last first date: Strategic self-disclosure and self-presentation as persuasion in online dating interactions. In C. Liberman (Ed.), Casing persuasive communication (pp. 35-50). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Hipper, T. J., Catona, D., & Nussbaum, J. F. (2010). Transitioning from independence to dependence: Family relational adaptation to Alzheimer's Disease. In M. Miller-Day (Ed.), Family communication and health transitions: Going through this together (pp. 351-375). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
• Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association, 2016
• Dissertation of the Year Award, Communication and Aging Division, National Communication Association, 2015
• Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2015
• Top Paper Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2015
• Top Paper Award, Communication and Aging Division, National Communication Association, 2014
• Top Paper Award, Communication and Aging Division, National Communication Association, 2011
• Thesis of the Year Award, Communication and Aging Division, National Communication Association, 2011
• Stephen A. Smith Award, Lambda Pi Eta Division, National Communication Association, 2007