Research in Action

Research in Action is a weekly podcast about topics and issues related to research in higher education from experts across a range of disciplines. Episodes are posted weekly and include guest interviews and occasional solo episodes. Guests are from a range of higher education institutions and share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods as well as their personal experiences as researchers; research and writing practices; organizational and productivity strategies; and much more. Some weeks, bonus content is also posted. Research in Action is hosted by Dr. Katie Linder, the research director for Oregon State University Ecampus. Show notes with information regarding topics discussed in each episode, as well as the transcript for each episode, can be found at the Research in Action website at There are several ways to connect with the Research in Action podcast. Visit to post a comment about a specific episode, suggest a future guest, or ask a question that could be featured in a future episode. You can also offer feedback about Research in Action episodes or share research-related resources by contacting the podcast via Twitter @RIA_podcast using the hashtag #ria_podcast or emailing Finally, you can call the Research in Action voicemail line at 541-737-1111 to ask a question or leave a comment. The Research in Action podcast is a resource funded by Oregon State University Ecampus – ranked one of the nation’s best providers of online education with more than 40 degree programs and over 1,000 classes online. Learn more about Ecampus by visiting This podcast is produced by the Ecampus Multimedia team.
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Aug 7, 2017

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel, an Assistant Professor in Health Communication at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Dean Kruzel studies patient-provider health communication and is currently examining genetics and risk communication in hereditary cancer. Her research has been published in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Health Communication, Academic Medicine, Patient Education & Counseling, Journal of Health and Mass Communication. A BRCA2-positive patient herself, Dr. Dean Kruzel is committed to translating her research into practice, which is why she volunteers for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and maintains a blog called “The Patient and The Professor.”

Segment 1: Having a Personal Connection to Your Research [00:00-10:49]

In this first segment, Marleah shares her experience of being a BRCA2-positive patient while researching patient-provider health communication.

Segment 2: Translating Research to Different Audiences [10:50-22:12]

In segment two, Marleah discusses the methods she uses to share her research with diverse audiences.

Segment 3: Making Research Public [22:12-32:40]

In segment three, Marleah discusses her experience with the CDC's "Bring Your Brave" Campaign and how she's preparing for an upcoming TEDx talk.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:36]: Marleah shares about her blog "The Patient and the Professor"

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