Catherine M. Gillotti (PhD, University of Kentucky)is a Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Creative Arts and has been a faculty member at Purdue University Northwest for 25 years. She is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences. She also has held administrative appointments as the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Basic Course Director. Her research agenda primarily focuses on the study of patient-provider interactions and health outcomes. She has published in the Handbook of Health Communication, and the journal Social Science and Medicine. While her publications and conference presentations mainly focus on the study of bad news delivery in the health care context, she also studies and writes about gender and interpersonal relationships.