Nicholas Iannarino

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University of Michigan - Dearborn
LSA: Humanities
Public Communication and Culture Studies
Assistant Professor
Short bio: 

M.A., Communication, University of Dayton, Ph.D., Communication, University of Kentucky

Research summary: 

Tracked traditional and social media coverage of food contamination outbreaks, particularly
involving broadcast news coverage of the 2011 Japan nuclear crisis and postcrisis discourse of
the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)
• Assessed the relationship between agency, organization, and industry communication to media
and social media coverage during food crises
• Identified and refined message strategies that provided the most effective means for
instructing victims on how to protect themselves during foodborne events
• Study on social media comments posted in response to daytime talk show segments on
erroneous foodborne danger presented at biennial convention of NCFPD
• Studies published in Communication Studies (in press) and first revisions to be resubmitted at
Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Identified reliable and valid measures for testing behavioral theory in five domains: diet,
physical activity, sedentary behavior, smoking cessation, and colorectal cancer screening
• Findings integrated into NCI’s Grid-Enabled Measures (GEM) Database (
Co-authored written proposal for Dayton Children’s Medical Center providing suggestions for
communicating diabetes information to children
• Reviewed and abstracted research on educating children about chronic disease management
• Performed 30-minute in-studio television interview as “expert consultant” that aired on
University of Dayton Flyer TV and was delivered to Dayton’s Children’s as part of consulting
Transcribed in-depth interviews and contributed to qualitative thematic data analysis
• Study published in Journal of Communication Management (2012), 16, 332-354.

Recent publications: 

Scott, A.M., & Iannarino, N.T. (2014). Ethical issues in health communication. In N.G. Harrington (Ed.) Exploring health communication from multiple perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Head, K.J., Noar, S.M., Iannarino, N.T., & Harrington, N.G. (2013). Efficacy of text messaging-based interventions for health promotion: A meta-analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 97, 41-48.

Cotton III, A.J., Veil, S.R., & Iannarino, N.T. (in press). Contaminated communication: TEPCO and organizational renewal at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Communication Studies.

Iannarino, N.T. (2012). Neo-Aristotelian analysis: Is this message effective? In S. Kercsmar & R.
Kaufmann (Eds.) Composition and communication workbook (pp. 168-173). Mason, OH: Cengage

Iannarino, N.T. (contracted). Testicular cancer. In G. Colditz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cancer and
society (vol. 2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.