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Dale E. Brashers is the David L. Swanson Professorial Scholar and Head of the Department of Communication and Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has received the National Communication Association Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, the International Communication Association Young Scholar Award, and the National Communication Association Outstanding Health Communication Article Award. His work has been published in Communication Monographs, Health Communication, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, AIDS Care, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, and in numerous edited books.
Daena J. Goldsmith is Professor of Communication at Lewis and Clark College. She has professional affiliations with the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, and International Association for Relationships Research. Her scholarly interests include interpersonal communication, health communication, social support, self-disclosure, gender, and culture. Her current research focuses on couples in which one person is coping with a chronic health condition such as heart disease, cancer, or HIV. Her book, Communicating Social Support, was published in 2004, and her research has appeared in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Health Communication, and Communication Yearbook.