Bonnie McCracken Nickels

Bonnie McCracken Nickels

Visiting Lecturer
A-254 Liberal Arts Hall

Professor McCracken Nickels has a B.A. in Communication from SUNY Geneseo; a M.S. in Communication and Media Technologies from RIT; and a Ph.D. in Communication from University at Buffalo. 

Professor McCracken Nickels conducts research on interpersonal health relations, end-of-life communication, and health portrayals in the media. 

Ph.D. Communication

Anker, A. E., Feeley, T. H.McCracken, B.J., Lagoe, C. (2016). The impact of mass   mediated health campaigns on knowledge, behavior, and self-efficacy: A series of   meta-analyses characterizing current campaigns to promote health. Journal of Health  Communication.

McCracken, B.J. & Feeley, T.H. (2017, Under review). Veterinary end-of-life communication: Application of the COMFORT model. Health Communication.

McCracken Nickels, B.J. (2017) “I’m so sorry for your loss”: The practice of providing emotional support in Veterinary medicine. Eastern Communication Association 2017 Conference. Paper Submission, Top Paper award.

Tenzek, K.E. & McCracken, B.J. (2016). End-of-Life (EOL) in Disney and Pixar films: An opportunity for engaging in difficult conversation. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.

McCracken, B.J. & Feeley, T.H. (2016). End-of-life in veterinary medicine. National  Communication Association 2016 Conference. Paper Submission. 

McCracken, B.J., Rintamaki, L.S., & Peek, D.M. (2015). Breaking bad news during physician patient interactions. In M. Brann (Ed.), Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication: Theoretical and Applied Approaches (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall  Hunt Publishing co.