Fac/Staff profile


Associate Professor
Nick Iannarino
3036 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

Research Areas:

Biography and Education

I specialize in health communication, and I am particularly interested in how people in close relationships manage the social experience of severe and chronic illness. My research considers the unique communication practices and challenges experienced by young adult cancer survivors and their close supporters. I also study how adult siblings make health decisions for an aging parent and the use of humor in existing narratives about traumatic illness (e.g., blogs, comedy performances, memoirs, and graphic novels).


B.A., Communication: Electronic Media, University of Dayton

M.A., Communication, University of Dayton

Ph.D., Communication, University of Kentucky

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Iannarino, N.T. (2018). "It's my job now, I guess": Biographical disruption and communication work in supporters of young adult cancer survivors. Communication Monographs, 1-24. doi:10.1080/03637751.2018.1468916

Iannarino, N.T. (2018). "What a loser that guy was": Norm Macdonald's humorous critique of the romantic/warrior narrative. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 1-17. doi:10.1177/0196859918771891

Iannarino, N.T. (2017). “My insides feel like Keith Richards’ face”: A narrative analysis of humor and biographical disruption in young adults’ cancer blogs. Health Communication, 1-10. doi:10.1080/10410236.2017.1350909

Iannarino, N.T., Scott, A.M., & Shaunfield, S.L. (2017). Normative social support in young adult cancer survivors. Qualitative Health Research, 27, 271-284.

Head, K.J., & Iannarino, N.T. (2017). Understanding the psychosocial influences on high school football players' weight-gaining behaviors. Western Journal of Communication, 81, 127-147.

Iannarino, N.T., Veil, S.R., & Cotton III, A.J. (2015). Bringing home the crisis: How U.S. evening news framed the 2011 Japan nuclear crisis. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 23, 169-181.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018 Vansant-Spoiden Award for Best Presentation, Department of Language, Culture, and Communication, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • 2018 Michigan Road Scholars 18th Annual Tour participant, University of Michigan
  • 2016-2017 University of Michigan Faculty Scholars Program in Integrative Healthcare


Member for
3 years 7 months
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