Emily Cramer

Emily M. Cramer

Ph.D. Student, 4th year

Office: Johnston Hall 323A
Phone: 414-229-2223
e-mail: emcramer@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: PDF (536kb)


M.A., DePaul University, Department of Communication, 2008
B.A., Marquette University, Department of Communication & Department of Liberal Arts, 2002

Focus of Graduate Studies:

My research is guided by the belief that the onset of a serious illness or health condition poses complex relational challenges for patients, family members, and healthcare professionals, and that competent communication not only increases comfort and confidence, but also improves health outcomes.

Research Interests:

Health communication: hospice, palliative care, end-of-life communication, cancer prevention, spirituality, information-seeking behavior, use of technology.


“Information Seeking, Technology Use, and Social Support Mechanisms of New and Expectant Fathers,” a collaboration with Text4Baby and the City of Milwaukee Men’s Health Referral Network

Recent Research:

Cramer, E.M., Tenzek, K.T., Allen, M. (2013). Translating spiritual care in the chaplain profession. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 67(1), 1-16.

Cramer, E.M. & Tenzek, K.E. (2012). The chaplain profession from the employer perspective: An analysis of hospice chaplain job advertisements. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 18, 133-150.

Song, H., Cramer, E.M., McRoy, S., & May, A. (in press). Information needs, seeking behaviors, and support among low-income expectant women. Manuscript accepted to Women & Health.

Song, H., May, A., Vaidyanathan, V., Cramer, E.M., McRoy, S. (2013). Experiments with a text-messaging system for answering consumer health questions. Patient Education and Counseling, 92(2), 182-187.

Cramer, E.M., Tenzek, K.T., Allen, M. (2013, chapter proposal accepted). Spirituality, social support, and the communicative role of the chaplain in veteran populations. In L.M. Webb & E. Sahlstein (Eds.), A communicative perspective on the military: Messages, strategies, meanings.

Cramer, E.M. (2013, chapter proposal accepted). Ensuring a good death: Where communication can intervene. In M. Eaves (Ed.), Applications in health communication: Emerging trends. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.