Sandra Petronio, PhD

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Senior Affiliate Faculty

Petronio@iupui.edu

Dr. Petronio is a Professor in the IU Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and in the IU School of Medicine and an adjunct faculty in the IU School of Nursing and Informatics. She served as the Founding Director of the Translating Research into Practice Center and is the Director of the Communication Privacy Management Center, both on the campus of IUPUI. She has a B.A. in interdisciplinary social science from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, received her M.A. in social psychology and a Ph.D. in communication from The University of Michigan.
She studies privacy, disclosure, and confidentiality and during the last 35 years she developed the evidenced-based “Communication Privacy Management” (CPM) theory examining how people manage their private information. Her book on CPM theory, published in 2002 entitled, “Boundaries of Privacy: Dialectics of Disclosure” won the Gerald R. Miller Award from the National Communication Association and the book award from the International Association of Relationship Research. Her work on CPM theory has been used across a number of cultures, in many contexts, including social media, health, family, business, and the in the legal domain. Petronio has published five other books, including one on HIV/AIDS and disclosure, numerous articles in scholarly journals and chapters, served as a journal editor and special issues editor for several communication journals. She received the National Communication Association’s Bernard J. Brommel Lifetime Award for Excellence in Family Communication, the National Communication Association’s Mark Knapp Scholar’s Award for research in Interpersonal, recently received the Western States Communication Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award, and recently was named a Founding Fellow in the International Association of Relationship Research. She also served as President of the International Association of Relationship Research and the Western States Communication Association.

Education

  • State University of New York, B.A. Sociology, Psychology
  • University of Michagan, M.A. Social Psychology
  • University of Michagan, Ph.D. Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research

Representative Publications

  • Petronio, S. (in progress). Diagnosing turbulence in private information management. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

  • Greene, K., Derlega, V., Yep, G., & Petronio, S. (2003). Privacy and disclosure of HIV/AIDS in interpersonal relationships: A handbook for researchers and practitioners. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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  • Petronio, S. (2002). Boundaries of privacy: Dialectics of disclosure. New York: NY: SUNY Press.

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  • Derlega, V., Metts, S., Petronio, S., & Margulis, S. (1993). Self-disclosure. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

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  • Foreign Translation: Derlega, V., Metts, S., & Margulis, S. (1999). Self-disclosure. London, UK: Sage Publications.

  • Petronio, S. (Ed.). (2000). Balancing the secrets of private disclosures. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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  • Petronio, S., Alberts, J., Hecht, M., & Buley, J. (Eds.), (1993). Contemporary perspective in interpersonal communication. Madison, WI: Brown and Benchmark Publishers.

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  • Bute, J. J., Petronio, S., & Torke, A. M. (2015). Surrogate decision makers and proxy ownership: Challenges of privacy management in health care decision making. Health Communication, 30(8), 799-809.

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  • Child, J. T., Duck, A. R., Andrews, L. A., Butauski, M., & Petronio, S. (2015). Young adults’ management of privacy on Facebook with multiple generations of family members. Journal of Family Communication, 15(4), 349-367.

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  • Fritsh, J., Petronio, S., Helft, P. R., & Torke, A. M. (2013). Making decisions for hospitalized older adults: Ethical factors considered by family surrogates. Journal of Clinical Ethics, 24(2), 125-134.

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  • Petronio, S., Helft, P. R., & Child, J. T. (2013). A case of error disclosure: A communication privacy management theory analysis. Journal of Public Health Research, 2(3), 175-181.

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  • Petronio, S., Torke, A. M., Bosslet, G., Isenberg, S., Wocial, L., & Helft, P. R. (2013). Disclosing medical mistakes: A communication management plan for physicians. Permanente Journal, 17(2), 73-79.

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  • Child, J. T., Haridakis, P. M., & Petronio, S. (2012). Blogging privacy rule orientations, privacy management, and content deletion practices: The variability of online privacy management activity at different stages of social media use. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(5), 1859-1872.

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  • Petronio, S., DiCorcia, M., & Duggan, A. (2012). Navigating ethics for physician patient confidentiality: A communication privacy management analysis. Permanente Journal. 16(4), 41-45.

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  • Thompson, J., Petronio, S., & Braithwaite, D. O. (2012). An examination of privacy rules for academic advisors and college student-athletes: A communication privacy management perspective. Communication Studies, 63(1), 54-76.

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  • Torke, A. M., Petronio, S., Purnell, C. E., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R., & Callahan, C. M. (2012). Communicating with clinicians: The experiences of surrogate decision-makers for hospitalized older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(8), 1401-1407.

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  • Torke, A. M., Petronio, S., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R., & Purnell, C. E. (2012). A conceptual model of the role of communication in surrogate decision making for hospitalized adults. Patient Education and Counseling, 87(1), 54-61.

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  • Child, J. T., Petronio, S., Agyeman-Budu, E. A., & Westermann, D. A. (2011). Blog scrubbing: Exploring triggers that change privacy rules. Computers in Human Behavior, 27(5), 2017-2027.

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  • Petronio, S., & Sargent, J. (2011). Disclosure predicaments arising during the course of patient care: Nurses’ privacy management. Health Communication, 26(3), 255-266.

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  • Torke, A. M., Petronio, S., Purnell, C., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R., & Callahan, C. M. (2011). Surrogate-clinician communication for hospitalized older adults: A Qualitative study of surrogate experiences. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(suppl.), S221-S222.

  • Torke, A. M., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R., Petronio, S., Purnell, C., Hui, S., & Callahan, C. M. (2011). The timing of Do Not Resuscitate orders for hospitalized older adults who require a surrogate decision maker. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 59(7), 1326-1331.

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  • Petronio, S. (2010). Communication privacy management theory: What do we know about family privacy regulation? Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2(3), 175-196.

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  • Child, J. T., Pearson, J. C., & Petronio, S. (2009). Blogging, communication, and privacy management: Development of the blogging privacy management measure. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60(10), 2079-2094.

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  • Torke, A. M., Sachs, G. A., Helft, P. R.., Petronio, S., & Callahan, C. M. (2008). The burden of decision making for hospitalized older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56(supp 4), S178-S178.

  • Helft, P. R., & Petronio, S. (2007). Communication pitfalls with cancer patients: “Hit and run” deliveries of bad news. Journal of American College of Surgeons, 205(6), 807-811. 

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  • Petronio, S., Sargent, J., Andea, L., Reganis, P., & Cichocki, D. (2004). Family and friends as informal healthcare advocates: Dilemmas of confidentiality and privacy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 21(1), 33-52.

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  • Caughlin, J. P., Golish, T. D., Olson, L. N., Sargent, J. E., Cook, J. S., & Petronio, S. (2000). Intra family secrets in various family configurations: A communication boundary management perspective. Communication Studies, 51(2), 116-134.

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  • Petronio, S., Flores, L. A., & Hecht, M. L. (1997). Locating the voice of logic: Disclosure discourse of sexual abuse. Western Journal of Communication, 61(1), 101-113.

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  • Petronio, S., & Kovach, S. (1997). Managing privacy boundaries: Health providers’ perceptions of resident care in Scottish nursing homes. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 25(2), 115-131.

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  • Petronio, S., Reeder, H. M., Hecht, M. L., & Ros Mendoza, T. M. T. (1996). Disclosure of sexual abuse by children and adolescents. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 24(3),181-199.

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  • Petronio, S. (1994). Editor's introduction. Western Journal of Communication, 59, 1-3.

  • Petronio, S. (1994). Shame, exposure, and privacy: A review. Contemporary Psychology, 58, 386-388.

  • Petronio, S., & Bradford, L. (1993). Issues interfering with the use of written communication as a means of relational bonding between absentee, divorced fathers and their children. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 21(2), 163-175.

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  • Petronio, S., & Braithwaite, D. O. (1993). The challenges and consequence of studying family communication. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 21(1), 103-110.

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