Department of Communication Studies Armstrong Hall, Room 108 P.O. Box 6293 Morgantown, WV 26506
Office Phone: (304) 293-3905
Areas of Study Emphasis
- Family Communication
- Health Communication
BiographyMary E. Donato is from Fairmont, West Virginia. She earned her B.A. (2011) in both Communication Studies and English and her M.A. (2014) in Communication Theory and Research from West Virginia University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at West Virginia University, where her research emphases include Family Communication and Health Communication. She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Gerontology. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mary has taught and served as course administrator for numerous courses during her tenure at West Virginia University including interpersonal communication, communication in contemporary society, communication and aging, and persuasion. She also serves as an undergraduate academic advisor for the Communication Studies department. Mary focuses her research on the communication processes of different family dyads including siblings, parent-child, and in-laws. Particularly, her research has looked into understanding antisocial communication behaviors including conflict and bystander behavior. Currently, for her dissertation, she is investigating the use and effectiveness of fear appeals parents engage in with their children regarding risky health behaviors. Mary is an active member of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and Southern Communication Association.
M.A., Communication Studies, West Virginia University
B. A., Communication Studies, West Virginia University