Deborah Ballard-Reisch, Ph.D.
School of Public Health
Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Public Communication, Bowling
Green University, 1982
public health communication research in areas including behavior
change, risk and crisis communication, and public health preparedness,
marital commitment, relationship maintenance and marital satisfaction
(in U.S. American, Russian and Tatar couples); families coping
with cancer, client/provider interaction in health, women's health
in Russia, perceptions of femininity and masculinity (in U.S.
American, Russian and Tatar cultures); narrative theory and the
social sciences. I use both qualitative and quantitative research
Special Section Editor with Dan Weigel: Special Double Issue of
The Journal of Family Communication (2004) 4(3&4) on “Advancing
Family Communication Theory and Research: Innovative Methods for
Studying Family Communication”
Special Issue of Women and Language (Spring 2003) 26(1) on “Global
Issues and Feminism”
Ballard-Reisch, D.S., & Weigel, D. J. (2006). Established
and promising models of family communication research. In L.H.
Turner and R.West (Eds.). The Family Communication Sourcebook.
(pp. 61-82). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Weigel, D.J., Bennett, K.K., & Ballard-Reisch, D.S. (September,
2006). Roles and influence in marriage: Both spouses’ perceptions
contribute to marital commitment. Family and Consumer Sciences
Research Journal, 35 (1), 74-92.
D.J., Bennett, K.K., & Ballard-Reisch, D.S. (January, 2006).
Influence strategies in marriage: Links between strategy use,
equity, marital satisfaction and commitment. Journal of Family
Communication, 6 (1), 77-95.
K., Ballard-Reisch, D.S., Todd, R. & Jenkins, T. (May/June,
2005 Supplement #1). Findings from Nevada’s academic-practice
collaboration: Possibilities outside an academic center for public
health preparedness. Public Health Reports: Journal of the U.S.
Public Health Service. 120, 100-108.
D.S. & Weigel, D.J. (July, 2004). Innovative methods for studying
family communication. Journal of Family Communication, 4 (3/4),
Perry, L.A.M. & Ballard-Reisch, D.S. (2004) There's a Rainbow
in my Closet: On the Importance of Creating a Broader Language
in Sex and Gender In P.M. Backlund and M.R. Williams (Eds.). Readings
in Gender Communication (with InfoTrac). 1st Edition. Belmont,
CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
Weigel, D. J., Bennett, K.K. & Ballard-Reisch, D.S. (2003).
Family influences on commitment: Examining the family of origin
correlates of relationship commitment attitudes. Personal Relationships,
Ballard-Reisch, D.S. & Letner, J.A. (June, 2003) Centering
families in cancer communication research: Acknowledging the impact
of support, culture and process on client/provider communication
in cancer management. Patient Education and Counseling, 2074,
Ballard-Reisch, D.S., Zaguidoulline, M. & Weigel, D. (2003).
Maintaining marriages in Russia: Managing social influences and
communication dynamics. In D.J. Canary and M. Dainton (Eds.).
Maintaining Relationships Through Communication. (pp. 255-276).
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers.
Weigel, D.J., and Ballard-Reisch, D.S. (June 1, 2002). Investigating
the behavioral indicators of relational commitment. Journal of
Social and Personal Relationships. Vol. 19 (3), 403-423
Ballard-Reisch, D.S., Turner, P. & Sarratea, M. (Fall, 2001)
The paradox of women in Zimbabwe: Emancipation, liberation, and
traditional African values. Women and Language. 24(2), 65-71.
D. J., & Ballard-Reisch, D.S. (2001). The impact of maintenance
behaviors on marital satisfaction: A longitudinal analysis. Journal
of Family Communication, 1, 265-279.
Ballard-Reisch, D.S., Clements-Nolle, K., Jenkins, T., Sacks,
T., Pruitt, K. & Leathers, K. (In press, expected publication
date 2006). Applying the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication
(CERC) Integrative Model to Bioterrorism Preparedness: A Nevada
Case Study. In M. Seeger and T. Sellnow (Eds.). Crisis Communication
and Public Health. Hampton Press.
Special Areas of Interest:
In the past five years, I have focused on applied public health
communication research emphasizing the importance of strategic
communication to bioterrorism response/public health preparedness,
and to the promotion of health behavior change and strategic communication
to promote program use in at-risk populations for Nevada’s
statewide utility service provider. Additionally, I have continued
to focus on, in collaboration with Dan Weigel and others, communication
factors impacting relational commitment, particularly marital
quality and relational maintenance behaviors and family communication
research methodology. Our inquiry also includes conceptualizations
of commitment and comparisons of perceptions of commitment in
U.S. and Russian/Tatar marriages.
I am also active as an international judicial educator. I have
taught judges from over 15 countries in the U.S. and abroad country
based programs in Canada, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Mongolia, Russia,
Zimbabwe. In addition, in 2001, I spent 6 weeks in the Tatarstan
Republic of Russia working with collaborators to conduct over
1000 interviews with women about their health needs and status.
We are hoping that this will be the first step in developing a
comprehensive Women's Health Initiative for the region. The Tatarstan
region and the city of Kazan specifically was my home during my
Fulbright Fellowship in 1996-1997. In collaboration with a team
of university and community leaders, we are developing the initiative
from the ground up, consistent with the goals of the Tatarstan
You can e-mail Dr. Ballard-Reisch at firstname.lastname@example.org.