Danielle Catona

Titles and Organizations

Term Assistant Professor, Public Health

Contact Information

Email: dcatona@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-3342
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 5606


Danielle Catona is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University. She is a health communication scientist and certified health education specialist. Her research examines the central role of communication in minimizing risk and promoting health, with a specific interest in falls prevention and chronic disease management in older adults. She has presented at a wide variety of national conferences including the American Public Health Association, Gerontological Society of America, and National Communication Association. Catona teaches health program planning and evaluation, community health capstone, and foundations of public health.



Checton, M. G., Venetis, M. K., Catona, D., Bontempo, A. C., Greene, K., Buckley de Meritens, A., & Devine, K. A. (forthcoming). Patients' with gynecologic cancer and supporters’ reports of sharing (and holding back) cancer-related information during oncology visits. Oncology Nursing Forum.

Catona, D. (2018). “We have been robbed of the life we planned”: Relational turbulence and experiences of Alzheimer’s disease in late-life married couples. In J. A. Theiss & K. L. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary studies of relationships, health, and wellness (pp. 139-159). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Checton, M. G., Greene, K., Carpenter, A., & Catona, D. (2017). Perceptions of health information seeking and partner advocacy in the context of a cardiology office visit: Connections with health outcomes. Health Communication, 32, 587-595. doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2016.1144148

Greene, K., Catona, D., Elek, E., Magsamen-Conrad, K., Banerjee, S. C., Hecht, M. L. (2016). Improving prevention curricula: Lessons learned through formative research on the Youth Message Development Curriculum. Journal of Health Communication, 21, 1071-1078. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2016.1222029  

Catona, D., Greene, K., Magsamen-Conrad, K., & Carpenter, A. (2016). Perceived and experienced stigma among people living with HIV: Examining the role of prior stigmatization on reasons for and against future disclosures. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44, 136-155. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2016.1155726

Catona, D., Greene, K., & Magsamen-Conrad, K. (2015). Perceived benefits and drawbacks of disclosure practices: An analysis of people living with HIV/AIDS’ strategies for disclosing HIV status. Journal of Health Communication, 20, 1294-1301. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1018640

Greene, K., Carpenter, A., Catona, D., & Magsamen-Conrad, K. (2013). The Brief Disclosure Intervention (BDI): Facilitating African Americans’ disclosure of HIV. Journal of Communication, 63, 138-158. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12010

Hipper, T. J., Catona, D., & Nussbaum, J. F. (2010). Transitioning from independence to dependence: Family relational adaptation to Alzheimer’s Disease. In M. Miller-Day (Ed.), Family communication and health transitions: Going through this together (pp. 351-375). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.


Honors and Awards


  • Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association
  • Dissertation of the Year Award, Communication and Aging Division, National Communication Association
  • Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association
  • Top Paper Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association
  • Top Paper Award, Communication and Aging Division, National Communication Association
  • Stephen A. Smith Award, Lambda Pi Eta Division, National Communication Association




  • PhD, Health Communication, Rutgers University
  • MS, Health Promotion, University of Delaware
  • MA, Health Communication, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA, Communication, The College of New Jersey