Jennifer																 Bute

Jennifer Bute

Professor, Communication Studies
Adjunct Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Communication Privacy Management Center
Translational Scholar, IUPUI Center for Translating Research into Practice
(317) 274-2090
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 307J



  • PhD, University of Illinois 2007
  • MA, Ball State University 1998
  • BS, Ball State University 1997



Bute, J.J., Bowers, C., & Park, D. (2021). Parents’ communication work in the management of  food allergies. Health Communication. Advanced online publication. 

 Bartholomew, J.B., & Bute, J.J. (2021). Exploring internal medicine interns’ educational  experiences of opioid addiction: A narrative analysis. Health Communication. Advanced online publication. 

 Walker, K.K., Head, K.J., Bute, J.J., Owens, H., & Zimet, G.D. (2021). Mothers’ sources and strategies for managing COVID-19 uncertainties during the early pandemic months. Journal of Family Communication. Advanced online publication. 

 Brann, M., Bute, J. J., & Scott, S. F. (2020). Qualitative assessment of bad news delivery  practices during miscarriage diagnosis. Qualitative Health Research, 30(2), 258-267. 

Bute, J. J., & Brann, M. (2020). Tensions and contradictions in interns’ communication about  unexpected pregnancy loss. Health Communication, 35(5), 529-537. 

Bute, J. J., Brann, M., & Hernandez, R. (2019). Exploring societal-level privacy rules for  talking about miscarriage. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(2), 379-399. 

Bute, J. J., Broome, S. B., Marcus, J. N., Mikulcik, S., & Vickery, B. (2018). Development of  a patient‐centric food allergy research program: A model for action. Allergy, 73(7), 1551-1553. 

 Head, K. J., & Bute, J. J. (2018). The influence of everyday interpersonal communication on  the medical encounter: An extension of Street’s ecological model. Health Communication33(6), 786-792.  




  • School of Liberal Arts Trustees Teaching Award, 2015
  • Outstanding Professor across the Campus, honored by IUPUI Athletics, 2017


  • IPFW Distinguished Lecturer for the College of Arts and Sciences, 2017
  • IUPUI Research Trailblazer Award, School of Liberal Arts Nominee, 2016
  • Central States Communication Association Federation Prize, April 2016
  • Bill Eadie Distinguished Award for a Scholarly Article, Applied Communication Division, National communication Association, 2013
  • Top Four Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Communication Studies, Ball State University, 2013
  • Top Four Paper Award, Health Communication Interest Group, Central States Communication Association, 2010
  • Top Three Paper Award, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2008
  • Top Paper Award, International Communication Association, Interpersonal Communication Division, 2008
  • Award for the Analysis of Interpersonal Communication in Applied Settings, International Communication Association, Interpersonal Communication Division, 2008

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Health communication, interpersonal communication, everyday talk about health and illness, communication about reproduction health, communication about food allergies




  • School of Liberal Arts Research Advisory Committee, 2019-2021  
  • Department of Communication Studies Director of Graduate Studies, 2014-2016 


  • Health Care Task Force, Life Perspectives, 2021-present 
  • Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) Research Advisory Board (competitively selected), 2018-2020 
  • Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Outcomes Research Advisory Board (competitively selected), 2016-2019 


  • Health Communication, Senior Editor, 2015-2018  
  • Health Communication, Editorial Board Member, 2007-present