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:
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.