Daena J. Goldsmith: MA, 1988; PhD, 1990

Dr. Goldsmith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been there since 1993, serving as Associate Head, Director of Graduate Study from 1999 to 2002. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois, she spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Speech Communication, University of Maryland, College Park. She was also a Visiting Professor Visiting Professor at the Communication Studies Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Dr. Goldsmith’s ambition is to develop a comparative framework for understanding how couples coping with heart disease, cancer, or HIV can communicate to facilitate individual and relational adjustment. She has a set of interviews with couples coping with heart disease and another one with couples coping with cancer. Papers out of these projects are under review and will also serve as the preliminary studies for an NCI proposal she has under revision. She is also a co-P.I on a three-year, $1.1 million NIH grant to look at the effects of social support for persons with HIV. As of the beginning of 2006, she is in the middle of year two and expects to have some completed analyses coming out of that project shortly.

Dr. Goldsmith’s numerous publications include:

“Communicating social support.” (2004) New York, NY: Cambridge University Press and a book forthcoming titled “Managing health and illness: Communication, relationships, and identity.” Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Recipient of the 2001 Franklin H. Knower Article Award, for scholarship of exceptional quality and influence (awarded by the Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association), she also received the Daily Illini Campus Picks 2002 Top Five “Most Interesting Classes” for Interpersonal Communication. Other courses she teachers include Theories of Interpersonal Communication; Interpersonal Health Communication; Culture and Communication; and Gender and Communication.

Along with her NIH grant, Dr. Goldsmith’s funded research includes:

Principal investigator, Couple Communication and Adjustment to Cancer Treatment, National Cancer Institute. A two-year $175,000 grant to identify relational communication strategies used by couples coping with one person’s cancer treatment. Not funded in the first review. Under revision.

Principal investigator, Couple Communication and Adjustment to Cancer, University of Illinois Research Board. 2004-2005 A $14,000 grant to test a research protocol and collect preliminary data on the role of couple communication in the process of adjusting to a cancer diagnosis.

Principle investigator, Couple Communication and Recovery from Myocardial Infarction, University of Illinois Research Board. 1999-2000 $15,000 grant to conduct a qualitative study of social support in couples coping with one member’s cardiac event.