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Jennifer Bute

School of Liberal Arts/Department of Communication Studies

Expert Bio

Jennifer J. Bute is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI and a former senior editor for Health Communication. Her research centers on communication about health in interpersonal relationships; most of her work has explored issues of reproductive health, such as how people manage private information about topics like infertility and miscarriage. Her research also examines public discourses about reproductive and sexual health. She serves on the Health Care Task Force for the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care, and she advises the institute in training health care providers to offer more compassionate care to those experiencing pregnancy loss.

She has also examined interpersonal communication in the management of life-threatening food allergies and served on the Outcomes Research Advisory Board for Food Allergy Research & Education.

Bute’s work has appeared in numerous edited books and journals, including Communication Monographs, Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Human Communication Research, Patient Education and Counseling, Qualitative Health Research, and Social Science and Medicine. Her work has been funded by the National Communication Association, the Indiana State Department of Health, the Central States Communication Association, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI.

Areas of Expertise

Communication about miscarriage and pregnancy loss, communication about infertility, communication about food allergies.

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