» Dr. Michelle Miller-Day
Professor

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Michelle Miller-Day
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Communication Studies
Office Location:
Doti Hall 213
Office Hours:
Fall 2014: Tue./Th.11:30-1:30 p.m.; Wed. 2-4 p.m.
Phone:
(714) 516-4686
Email:
Education
University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts
Arizona State University, Master of Arts
University of Southern California, Master of Fine Arts
Arizona State University, Ph.D.
Biography

Michelle Miller-Day (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is a Professor of Communication Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California.  Prior to joining Chapman in the Fall of 2012, Dr. Miller-Day occupied a faculty position at Penn State University at University Park as an Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Biobehavioral Health and faculty affiliate with the Penn State Center for Health Care and Policy Research.

Dr. Miller-Day has served as the Principal Qualitative Investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA/NIH] funded project for the past twenty years. This work has developed one of the most successful evidence-based substance use prevention programs in the United States and reaches more than two million youth worldwide. She has also served as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on a number of research grants to investigate or evaluate programs addressing issues at the intersection of health and communication. Currently, in addition to her drug prevention work, she partners with the Penn State Hershey Obesity and Diabetes Institute to evaluate “positive deviance” approaches to understanding obesity and diabetes prevention. Her cross-disciplinary work spans medicine, health, communication, and sociology and she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, and chapters in a variety of outlets.


A sampling of Miller-Day publications:

Books

  • Miller-Day, M. (Ed.) (2010). Family communication, connections, and health transitions: Going through this together.  Health Communication Series, Vol. 1. G. Kreps (series editor). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  • Nussbaum, J., Miller-Day, M., & Fisher, C. (2009). Communicating intimacy in older adulthood. Editorial Aresta Publishers.
  • Nussbaum, J.F., Miller-Day, M. & Fisher, C. (2009). Les relacions intimes en la madursa.  Girona, Spain: Editorial Aresta.
  • Miller-Day, M. (2004). Communication among grandmothers, mothers, and adult daughters: A qualitative study of women across three generations. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishing.
  • Miller, M., Alberts, J. K., Hecht, M. L., Trost, M., & Krizek, R. L. (2000).  Adolescent relationships and drug use. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishing.

 

Sampling of Journal Articles


Miller-Day, M., Pettigrew, J., Hecht, M. L., Shin, Y.J., Graham, J., & Krieger, J. (in press). How prevention curricula are taught under real-world conditions: Types of and reasons for teacher curriculum adaptations.  Health Education.

Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Shin, Y., Hecht, M. L., Krieger, J. R., & Graham, J. W. (in press) Describing teacher-student interactions: A qualitative assessment of teacher implementation of the 7th grade keepin’ it REAL substance use intervention. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Colby, M., Hecht, M., Miller-Day, Krieger, J., Syvertsen, A., Graham, J., & Pettigrew, J. (in press). Adapting school-based substance use prevention curriculum through cultural grounding: An exemplar of adaptation processes for rural schools. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Shin, Y.J., Miller-Day, M., Lee, J. (in Press). The effects of maternal emotional well-being on mother-adolescent communication and youth emotional well-being. Communication Research Reports.

Miller-Day, M., Pezalla, A., & Chestnut, R. (in press). Children are in families too!: The presence of children in communication research. Journal of Family Communication.

Miller-Day, M., & Walker, A. (2012). The Convergence Communication Scale (CCS): Development and evaluation of an interpersonal submission assessment. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J., & Hecht, M. L. (2012). The Rural context of illicit substance offers: A study of Appalachian rural adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27, 523-550.

Miller-Day, M. (2012).  “Your kids or your job”: Navigating low wage work and parenting in contexts of poverty. Qualitative Communication Research, 1, 7-36.

Pezalla, A. E., Pettigrew, J., & Miller-Day, M. (2012). Researching the researcher-as-instrument. Qualitative Research, 12, 165-185. DOI: 10.1177/1468794111422107

Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Hecht, M.L., & Krieger, J. (2011). Alcohol and other drug resistance strategies employed by rural adolescents. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 103-122. DOI:10.1080/00909882.2011.556139

Lee, J. K., Hecht, M. L., Miller-Day, M., & Elek, E. (2011). Evaluating mediated perception of narrative health messages: The perception of narrative performance scale. Communication Methods and Measures, 5(2), 126-145. DOI: 10.1080/19312458.2011.568374

Stuckey, H. L., Boan, J., Kraschnewski, J. L., Miller-Day, M., Lehman, E. B., & Sciamanna (2011). Using positive deviance for determining successful weight-control practices. Qualitative Heath Research, 563-579. doi: 10.1177/1049732310386623

Hecht, M. L., & Miller-Day, M. (2010). “Applied” aspects of the Drug Resistance Strategies Project, Special Issue of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38(3), 215 -229.DOI: 10.1080/00909882.2010.490848; NIH MS209280

Hecht, M.L., Colby, M., & Miller-Day, M. (2010). The Dissemination of keepin' it REAL through D.A.R.E. America: A lesson in disseminating health messages. Health Communication, 25, 585-586.

Miller-Day, M., & Kam, J. (2010).  More than just openness: Developing and validating a measure of targeted parent-child communication about alcohol. Health  Communication, 25 (4), 293 - 302.    DOI: 10.1080/10410231003698952

Miller-Day, M., & Fisher, C. (2008).  Family communication and disordered eating patterns. International Journal of Psychology Research, 3 (3), 1-26.

Miller-Day, M. (2008a). Performance matters. Qualitative Inquiry, 14 (8), 1458-1470.

Miller-Day, M. (2008b) Translational performances: Toward relevant, engaging, and empowering social science. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9 (2), Art. 54.

Miller-Day, M. (2008c). Talking to youth about drugs: What do youth say about parental strategies? Family Relations, 57, 1-12.

Pitts, M., & Miller-Day, M. (2007). Upward turning points and positive rapport development across time in researcher-participant relationships. Qualitative Research, 7 (2), 177-201.

Hecht, M. L., & Miller-Day, M. (2007). The Drug Resistance Strategies Project as translational research, Journal of Applied Communication Research, 35 (4), 343-349.

Miller-Day, M., & Davis, J. L. (2006). Perceptions of parental communication orientation, perfectionism, and disordered eating behaviors of sons and daughters. Health Communication. 19(2), 153-163.

Elek, E., Miller-Day, M., & Hecht, M. L. (2006). Influences of personal, injunctive, and descriptive norms on early adolescent substance use. Journal of Drug Issues, 42 (4), 143-168.

Miller-Day, M. (2005). U.S. Parent-Offspring Discourse about Alcohol and Other Drugs. Language and Communication Journal, 10, 10-18.

Miller-Day, M. (2005). Effective parent-child communication: A preventive measure. Counselor, 6(1), 70-71.

Miller-Day, M., & Dodd, A. (2004). Toward a descriptive model of parent-offspring communication about alcohol and other drugs. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 21 (1), 73-95.

Hecht, M. L., & Miller-Day, M. (2004). The REAL way to prevent substance abuse in America, Counselor, 5, 33-36.

Miller-Day, M., & Barnett, J. (2004). “I’m not a druggie”: Adolescents’ ethnicity and (erroneous) beliefs about drug use norms. Health Communication, 16 (1), 207 – 231.

Hecht, M. L., Marsiglia, F. F., Elek, E., Wagstaff, D. A, Kulis, S., Dustman, P., & Miller-Day, M. (2003). Culturally-grounded substance use prevention: An evaluation of the keepin’ it R.E.A.L. curriculum. Prevention Science, 4, 233 – 249.

Miller, M., & Day, L. E. (2002).  Family communication, maternal and paternal expectations, and college students' suicidality. Journal of Family Communication, 2 (4), 167- 184.

Miller-Day, M. A. (2002). Parent-adolescent communication about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Journal of Adolescent Research, 17 (6), 604 - 616.


Sampling of book chapters

Nussbaum, J., Miller-Day, M., & Fisher, C.  (in press). “Holding each other all night long”: Communicating intimacy in older adulthood.  In T. Socha and M. J. Pitts (Eds). The Positive Side of Communication. Peter Lang Publishing.

Miller-Day, M. (in press). Two of me:  Mothers and daughters in connection. In A. Deakins, R. Lockridge, and H. Sterk (Eds.), Mothers and daughters: Complicated connections across cultures (pp.89-104). Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield Publishers

Fisher, C, Miller-Day, M. & Nussbaum, J. (in press). Healing through Healthy Doses of Positivity: Mothers’ and Daughters’ Positive Communication When Coping with Breast Cancer. In T. Socha and M. J. Pitts (Eds). Positive Communication in Health and Wellness. Peter Lang Publishing

Miller-Day, M. (2012). Toward conciliation: IRB practices and qualitative interview research. In J. Gubrium, J. Holstein. A. Marvasti, & K. McKinney (Ed.) The Handbook of Interview Research (2nd edition).

Miller-Day, M., & Hecht, M. L. (2012). Keepin’ it REAL when Developing Narrative Health Messages. In A. Goodboy and K. Schultz  (Eds.), Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice. Kendall/Hunt. In press

Parrott, R., Miller-Day, M., Dillard, J., & Peters, K. (2010). Health communication about genetics.  In. C. Gaff and  C. Bylund (Ed.) Family communication about genetics: Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press.

Miller-Day, M., & McManus, T.  (2009). Work-family dynamics and parent-adolescent communication in working poor families. In T. Socha and G. Stamp (Eds). Parents and children communicating with society: Managing relationships outside the home (pp. 56-79). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Miller-Day, M., & Fisher, C.  (2009). Family communication and disordered eating behaviors. In J. Fuchs (Ed.) Eating disorders in adult women (pp. 1-20). Nova Science Publishers.

Hecht, M. L., & Miller-Day, M. (2009). The Drug Resistance Strategies Project:  Using narrative theory to enhance adolescents’ communication competence. In L. Frey & K. Cissna (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication (pp. 535-557). New York and London: Routledge.

Miller-Day, M., & Kam, J. (2009). Investigating communication in families: Children, parents, and grandparents. In Eadie, W. F. (Ed.).  21st century communication: A reference handbook (Vol. 1) (pp.303-312).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Miller-Day, M.  (2007). Talking with your kids about alcohol and other drugs: Are parents the anti-drug? In L. B. Arnold. (Ed.). Family Communication: Theory and Research. (pp. 335 – 343). Allyn & Bacon.

Fisher, C., & Miller-Day, M. (2006). Communication in mother-adult daughter relationships. In K. Floyd and M.. Morman (Eds.) Widening the family circle: New research on family communication.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Sparks, L., & Miller-Day, M. (2014). Methodological approaches when investigating health disparities. In B. B. Whaley (ed.), Research methods in health communication: Principles and application (pp. 318-335). New York, NY: Routledge.
Hecht, M.L. & Miller-Day, M. (2014). Narrative Engagement Theory. In T. Thompson (Ed.) The encyclopedia of health communication (p. 909-911). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
Miller-Day, M. (2014). Mother Daughter Dyad Communication. In T. Thompson (Ed.) The encyclopedia of health communication (p. 893-896). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
Bleser, W. K., Miller-Day, M., Naughton, D., Bricker, P. L., Cronholm, P. F., & Gabbay, R. A. (2014). Strategies for achieving whole-practice engagement and buy-in to the patient-centered medical home.The Annals of Family Medicine, 12(1), 37-45.
Stuckey, H. L., Kraschnewski, J. L., Miller-Day, M., Palm, K., Larosa, C., & Sciamanna, C. (2014). “Weighing” Two Qualitative Methods Self-report Interviews and Direct Observations of Participant Food Choices. Field Methods, 1525822X14526543.
Pettigrew, J., Graham, J. W., Miller-Day, M., Hecht, M. L., Krieger, J. L., & Shin, Y. J. (2014). Adherence and Delivery: Implementation Quality and Program Outcomes for the Seventh-Grade keepin’it REAL Program. Prevention Science, 1-10.
Raja, N., Miller-Day, M., & Day, L.E. (2014) (Writers/Producers). Call This Number. Produced January, 2014.
Miller-Day, M., Fisher, C. L., & Stube, J. (2013). Looking back and moving forward: Toward an understanding of mother-daughter and mother-son relationships. In K. Floyd and M. Morman (Eds.) Widening the family circle II: New research on family communication. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Miller-Day, M., Nussbaum, J., & Fisher, C. (2013). “Holding each other all night long”: Communicating intimacy in older adulthood. In T. Socha and M. J. Pitts (Eds). The Positive Side of Communication. Peter Lang Publishing.
Miller-Day, M. (2013). Two of me: Mothers and daughters in connection. In A. Deakins, R. Lockridge, and H. Sterk (Eds.), Mothers and daughters: Complicated connections across cultures (pp.89-104). Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield Publishers
Michael L. Hecht, Frank Pegueros, Michelle Miller-Day, Scott Gilliam, Bobby Robinson, Anita Bryan, Benita Cahalane, Margaret Colby, Allison Kootsikas, Karen Simon, Sunam Ellis, Jolene Cassa-Granier, Randy J. Wiler. (2013). D.A.R.E’s keepin it REAL 5th grade drug prevention curriculum instructor manual. D.A.R.E. America and D.A.R.E. International Publishers.
Michael L. Hecht, Frank Pegueros, Michelle Miller-Day, Scott Gilliam, Bobby Robinson, Anita Bryan, Benita Cahalane, Margaret Colby, Allison Kootsikas, Karen Simon, Sunam Ellis, Jolene Cassa-Granier, Randy J. Wiler. (2013). D.A.R.E’s keepin it REAL 5th grade drug prevention curriculum. D.A.R.E. America and D.A.R.E. International Publishers.
Miller-Day, M., Conway, J. J., Hecht, M. L. (2013). REAL adventures of a very strange day. Drug prevention comic. Los Angeles, CA: D.A.R.E. Catalog.
Cronholm, P., Shea, J. A., Werner, R., Miller-Day, M., Tufano, J., Crabtree, B. F., & Gabbay, R. (2013). The Patient Centered Medical Home: Mental Models and Practice Culture Driving the Transformation Process. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28 (9), 1195-1201.
Graham, J.W., Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J.L., Zhou, J, & Hecht, M.L. (2013). Random assignment of schools to groups in the Drug Resistance Strategies Rural Project: Some new methodological twists. Prevention Science. DOI 10.1007/s11121-013-0403-9
Miller-Day, M., Pettigrew, J., Hecht, M., Shin, Y., Graham, J., & Krieger, J. (2013). How prevention curricula are taught under real-world conditions: Types of and reasons for teacher adaptations. Health Education, 113 (4), 324-344.
Shin, Y., Lee, J. K., Miller-Day, M. (2013). The effect of maternal emotional well-being on mother-adolescent communication and youth emotional wellbeing. Communication Research Reports, 30(2), 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/08824096.2012.763025
Miller-Day, M., Pezalla, A., & Chestnut, R. (2013). Children are in families too!: The presence of children in communication research. Journal of Family Communication, 13(2), 150-165.
Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Shin, Y., Hecht, M. L., Krieger, J. L., & Graham, J. W. (2013) Describing teacher-student interactions: A qualitative assessment of teacher implementation of the 7th grade keepin’ it REAL substance use intervention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 51, 43-56. DOI: 10.1007/s10464-012-9539-1
Shin, Y., Lee, J. K., & Miller-Day, M. (2013). The effect of maternal emotional well-being on mother-adolescent communication and youth emotional well-being. Communication Research Reports, 30 (2), 1-11.
Colby, M., Hecht, M., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J., Syvertsen, A., Graham, J., & Pettigrew, J. (2013). Adapting school-based substance use prevention curriculum through cultural grounding: An exemplar of adaptation processes for rural schools. American Journal of Community Psychology, 51, 190-205
Naughton, D., Adelman, A., Bricker, P., Miller-Day, M., & Gabbay, R. (2013). Envisioning new roles for medical assistants: Strategies from patient-centered medical homes. Family Practice Management, March/April.
Moreland, J., Krieger, J., Hecht, M.L., Miller-Day, M. (2013). The conceptualization and communication of risk among rural Appalachian adolescents. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. DOI:10.1080/10810730.2012.74362
Gabbay, R. A., Friedberg, M. W., Miller-Day, M., Cronholm, P. F., Adelman, A., & Schneider, E. C. (2013). A positive deviance approach to understanding key features to improving diabetes care in the medical home. The Annals of Family Medicine, 11, S99-S107.
Miller-Day, M., & Hecht, M. L. (2013). Narrative means to preventative ends: A narrative engagement framework for designing prevention interventions. Health communication, 28(7), 657-670. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2012.762861
Graham, J. W., Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J. L., Zhou, J., & Hecht, M. L. (2013). Random assignment of schools to groups in the drug resistance strategies rural project: some new methodological twists. Prevention Science, 1-10.
Krieger, J. L., Coveleski, S., Hecht, M. L., Miller-Day, M., Graham, J. W., Pettigrew, J., & Kootsikas, A. (2013). From kids, through kids, to kids: Examining the social influence strategies used by adolescents to promote prevention among peers. Health communication, 28(7), 683-695.
Fisher, C, Miller-Day, M. & Nussbaum, J. (2012). Healing through Healthy Doses of Positivity: Mothers’ and Daughters’ Positive Communication When Coping with Breast Cancer. In T. Socha and M. J. Pitts (Eds). Positive Communication in Health and Wellness. Peter Lang Publishing
Miller-Day, M. (2012). Toward conciliation: IRB practices and qualitative interview research. In J. Gubrium, J. Holstein. A. Marvasti, & K. McKinney (Ed.) The Handbook of Interview Research (2nd edition).
Miller-Day, M., & Hecht, M. L. (2012). Keepin’ it REAL when Developing Narrative Health Messages (pp. 149-164). In A. Goodboy and K. Schultz (Eds.), Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice. Kendall/Hunt.
Hecht. M. L., Colby, M., Bryant, A., Miller-Day, M., et al. (2012). D.A.R.E’s keepin’ it REAL 7th grade drug prevention curriculum. D.A.R.E. America and D.A.R.E. International Publishers.
Hecht. M. L., Colby, M., Bryant, A., Miller-Day, M., et al. (2012). D.A.R.E’s keepin’ it REAL 7th grade drug Instructor manual. D.A.R.E. America and D.A.R.E. International Publishers.
Miller-Day, M., & Walker- Jackson, A. (2012). The Convergence Communication Scale (CCS): Development and evaluation of an interpersonal submission assessment. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 1036-1057.
Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Krieger, J., & Hecht, M. L. (2012). The Rural context of illicit substance offers: A study of Appalachian rural adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27, 523-550.
Miller-Day, M. (2012). “Your kids or your job”: Navigating low wage work and parenting in contexts of poverty. Qualitative Communication Research, 1, 7-36.
Pezalla, A. E., Pettigrew, J., & Miller-Day, M. (2012). Researching the researcher-as-instrument. Qualitative Research, 12, 165-185. DOI: 10.1177/1468794111422107
Miller-Day, M. (Ed.) (2011). Family communication, connections, and health transitions: Going through this together. Health Communication Series, Vol. 1. G. Kreps (series editor). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Miller-Day, M., & Hecht. M.L. (2011) (Producers). DARE’s keepin it REAL videos: 5th Grade. Eighteen video productions for curriculum.
Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Hecht, M.L., & Krieger, J. (2011). Alcohol and other drug resistance strategies employed by rural adolescents. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 103-122. DOI:10.1080/00909882.2011.556139
Lee, J. K., Hecht, M. L., Miller-Day, M., & Elek, E. (2011). Evaluating mediated perception of narrative health messages: The perception of narrative performance scale. Communication Methods and Measures, 5(2), 126-145. DOI: 10.1080/19312458.2011.568374
Stuckey, H. L., Boan, J., Kraschnewski, J. L., Miller-Day, M., Lehman, E. B., & Sciamanna (2011). Using positive deviance for determining successful weight-control practices. Qualitative Health Research, 563-579. doi: 10.1177/1049732310386623
Hecht, M. L., & Miller-Day, M. (2010). “Applied” aspects of the Drug Resistance Strategies Project, Special Issue of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38(3), 215 - 229. DOI: 10.1080/00909882.2010.490848; NIH MS209280
Hecht, M.L., Colby, M., & Miller-Day, M. (2010). The Dissemination of keepin' it REAL through D.A.R.E. America: A lesson in disseminating health messages. Health Communication, 25, 585-586.
Miller-Day, M., & Kam, J. (2010). More than just openness: Developing and validating a measure of targeted parent-child communication about alcohol. Health Communication, 25 (4), 293 - 302. DOI: 10.1080/10410231003698952
Wenrich, T., Browne, L., & Miller-Day, M. (2010). Family members' influence on family meal vegetable choices. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43 (4), 225-234