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Dr. Michelle Miller-Day

Professor
School of Communication; Communication Studies
Expertise: Mother-Daughter Communication; Drug Prevention; Family Communication; Narratives in Health; Translational Research
Office Location: Doti Hall 213
Office Hours: 10AM-4PM
Phone: (714) 516-4686
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
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. 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

  • Alford, A. & Miller-Day, M. (Eds.) (in press). Constructing motherhood and daughterhood across the lifespan. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  • 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 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

Miller-Day, M. (Producer/Editor), Ahle, A (Writer) (2018). Lost and Found [Stageplay]. Produced at the Chance Theatre.
Greene, K., Ray, A., Hecht, M.L., Miller-Day, M. (2017). REAL Media: Enhancing alcohol and tobacco media literacy curriculum [Five e-learning modules].
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.
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
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.
Miller-Day, M., & Hecht. M.L. (2011) (Producers). DARE’s keepin it REAL videos: 5th Grade. Eighteen video productions for curriculum.