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Stephen M Haas

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 145B McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-4442
Email: haassm@ucmail.uc.edu

Stephen M. Haas (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, and served as the Graduate Program Director from 2002-2007. At the national level, he has served as Chair of the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association, and Vice Chair/Conference Planner for the Division.  He and his colleagues' have developed the Online Negative Enabling Support Groups (ONESG) Theory (New Media & Society) (Sage) that received national and international news coverage.  In addition, his national survey work on same-sex couples has been cited in the national discussion of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ equality and received the 2017 Monograph of the Year Award from the GLBTQ Studies Division of the National Communication Association.

His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Health Communication and Interpersonal/Relational Communication. Much of his work has explored communication dimensions of: (a) Relationship Maintenance in Different-Sex and Same-Sex Couples (b) Social Support in Couples/Families Coping with Chronic Illness (e.g., HIV/AIDS), (c) Uncertainty Management Theory, and (d) Patient Self-Advocacy in Doctor-Patient Communication. His research has been published in Communication and Medical Journals such as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Health Communication, AIDS Care, Journal of Nursing in AIDS Care, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, and he serves on the editorial boards of the journals Health Communication and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Dr. Haas has been the recipient of several national awards; including the Health Communication Distinguished Article of the Year Award from the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association--an award that recognizes research with a significant impact on the field of Health Communication, and the National Communication Association's Golden Anniversary Monograph Award recognizing the top articles and books published in the Communication discipline. In addition, he received the National Communication Association's Gerald R. Miller Dissertation Award for the top dissertation in the field of Communication in 1999, as well as, receiving the joint National Communication Association/International Communication Association's top dissertation award from the Interpersonal Communication Divisions.

His research has been funded by several National Institute of Health agencies including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases AIDS Clinical Trials Division. He also is a former faculty member at Rutgers University.

Education

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1999 (Communication).
  • M.A. , University of Cincinnati, 1991 (Communication).
  • B.A., University of Cincinnati, 1990 (Communication).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (Principal Investigator), Haas, Stephen, Relationship Maintenance in Same-Sex Couples, Rutgers University. $1,100. 09-1999 to 09-2000. Status: Completed.
  • (Principal Investigator, Individual NIMH Fellow), Haas, Stephen, Relationship Maintenance in Couples Coping with HIV/AIDS, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health, #1F31MH11942-01. $18,813. 07-1997 to 07-1998. Status: Completed.
  • (Principal Investigator), Haas, S.M., Relationship Maintenance in Couples with HIV/AIDS, Graduate School of the Ohio State University. $1,500. 07-1997 to 07-1998. Status: Completed.
  • (Research Associate), Haas, S. M. (Brashers, Dale Ph.D.-PI), The Management of Uncertainty for Persons with HIV/AIDS, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Grant, National Institutes of Health, # 1R29NR04376-01A1. $510,000. 02-1998 to 06-2002. Status: Completed.
  • (Research Associate), Haas, S.M. (Brashers, Dale Ph.D.-PI), Access to Illness and Treatment Information for Persons with HIV or AIDS: The Role of Technology in Health Care Decision Making, Ameritech Foundation. $16,500. 03-1995 to 12-1996. Status: Completed.
  • (Research Associate), Haas, S.M., (Brashers, Dale Ph.D-PI), Uncertainty, Communication, and Coping, The Ohio State University. $12,500. 03-1994 to 03-1995. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-Investigator) Haas, S.M., Doctor-Child Communication: Relations with Satisfaction. National Institutes of Health R03 grant application, $157,000. Interdisciplinary proposal among seven UC faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, and the College of Medicine. Co-investigator, Co-Author.. Submitted, Not Funded. 02-2010.
  • (Co-Investigator; Lyons (Center PI)), Haas, Stephen; Lyons, Michael (Grant Co-Authors), Facilitated Serosorting: Use of Official HIV Status Verification for Optimization of Sexual Partner Communication to Prevent HIV Infection. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) R34 Grant Proposal. Dual Authored, Co-Investigator with Michael Lyons, MD, University Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine. $450,000. (Submitted, 01/2016). Status: Pending.
  • (Co-Principal Investigator), Haas, Stephen; Lyons, Michael (Co-Principal Investigators), Communication Empowering Decision-Making in Sexual Partner Selection to Reduce HIV Transmission. University of Cincinnati Research Council Grant.. $25,000.00. 04-01-2014 to 03-31-2015. Status: Completed.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., Reynolds, N. R., & Haas, S. M. (1998). Uncertainty in illness across the HIV/AIDS trajectory. Journal of the Association of Nursing in AIDS Care, 9, 66-77.
  • Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (1998). An initial examination of maintenance behaviors in gay and lesbian relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 15, 846-855.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J., Cardillo, L., Dobbs, L., Russell, J. A., & Haas, S. M. (1999). "In an important way I did die": Uncertainty and revival in persons living with HIV and AIDS. AIDS Care: Psychological & Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 11, 201-220. 
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., & Neidig, J. L. (1999). The Patient Self-Advocacy Scale (PSAS):  Measuring patient involvement in health care decision-making interactions.  Health Communication, 11, 97-121.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., Klingle, R. S., & Neidig, J. L. (2000). Collective AIDS activism and individual self-advocacy in physician-patient communication. Human Communication Research, 26 (3), 372-402.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., Haas, S. M., Dobbs, L. K., Cardillo, L. W., & Russell, J. A. (2000). Communication in the management of uncertainty: The case of persons living with HIV or AIDS. Communication Monographs, 67 (1), 63-84.  NCA 2000 Golden Monograph Award and Health Communication Distinguished 2004 Article of the Year.
  • Stafford, L., Dainton, M., & Haas, S. M. (2000). Measuring routine and strategic relational maintenance: Scale revision, sex versus gender roles, and the prediction of relational characteristics. Communication Monographs, 67 (3), 306-323.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., Neidig, J. L., & Rintamaki, L. (2002).  Social activism, self-advocacy, and coping with HIV illness. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19(1), 113-133.
  • Haas, S. M.  (2002).  Social support as relationship maintenance in gay male couples coping with HIV. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19(1), 87-111.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., Russell, J. A., Cardillo, L. W., Haas, S. M., Dobbs, L. K., Garland, M., McCartney, B., & Nemeth, S.  (2003).  The medical, personal, and social causes of uncertainty in HIV illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 24(5), 497-522.
  • Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (2005). Maintenance behaviors in same-sex and marital relationships: A matched sample comparison. Journal of Family Communication, 5(1), 43-60.
  • Haas, S. M., Irr, M. E., Jennings, N., & Wagner, L. (2011).  Communicating thin: A grounded model of Online Negative Enabling Support Groups (ONESGs) in the pro-anorexia movement.  New Media & Society, 13, 40-57. First published online October 12, 2010.  DOI: 10.1177/1461444810363910. 
  • Kerr, A., & Haas, S. M. (2014).  Parental Uncertainty in Illness: Managing uncertainty surrounding an 'orphan' illness.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29, 393-400. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.01.008
  • Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S. (2015). The significance of living together and importance of marriage in same-sex couples.  Journal of Homosexuality, 62 (9), 1-23.  2017 Monograph of the Year Award, National Communication Assocation, GLBTQ Studies Division.
  • Perazzo, J., Haas, S. M., Webel, A., & Voss, J. (2016).  Role of the Internet in care initiation by People Living with HIV (PLWH). Research in Nursing & Health, 40, 43-50.
  • Giambra, B., Haas, S. M., Britto, M., & Lipstein, E. (2018). Exploration of parent-provider communication during clinic visits for children with chronic conditions.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 32 (1), 21-28.
  • Haas, S. M., Perazzo, J., Ruffner, A., Ancon, R., & Lyons, M. (2017). The KNOW*NOW Project: Facilitated serosorting in HIV-status sexual partner communication. AIDS Education & Prevention, 29 (5), 432-442..

Book Chapter

  • Haas, S. M.  (2000).  Relationship maintenance in male same-sex couples coping with HIV. In L. Lederman & D. Gibson (Eds.), Communication theory (pp. 383-409). Dubuque, IO: Hunt.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., Dobbs, L.K., Russell, J. A., Cardillo, L. W., & Haas, S. M.  (2001). Transitions and challenges: Revival and uncertainty for persons living with HIV or AIDS. In S. G. Funk, E. M. Tornquist, J. Leeman, M. S. Miles, & J. S. Harrell (Eds.), Key Aspects of Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness (pp. 141-160). New York: Springer.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., & Neidig, J. L.  (2002).  Satisfying the argumentative requirements for self-advocacy. In F. H. van Eemeren (Ed.), Advances in Pragma-Dialectics (pp. 291-308).  Newport News, VG: Vale Press.
  • Haas, S. M.  (2003).  Relationship maintenance in same-sex couples.  In D. Canary & M. Dainton (Eds.), Maintaining Relationships through Communication:  Relational, Contextual, and Cultural Variations (pp. 209-230).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Earlbaum.
  • Haas, S. M. (2008). Social support as relationship maintenance in gay male couples coping with HIV/AIDS. In L. C. Lederman (Ed.), Beyond these Walls: Readings in Health Communication (pp. 252-270). New York, Oxford University Press.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., & Neidig, J. L. (2014).  Aktive patienten – die Patient Self-Advocacy Scale zur messung der patientbezogenen involviertheit und partizipation. In A. Schorr (Ed.), Gesundheitskommunikation:  Psychologische und interdisziplinare Perpspektiven (Health Communication:  Psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives) (pp. 289-313).  Nomos Publishers, Baden-Baden, Germany.  Published in German.
  • Haas, S. M., & Barlow, P.  (2018).  Physicians as Detectives: Managing uncertainty in patient care.  Accepted invited chapter in du Pré, A., & Berlin Ray, E. (Eds.), Case Studies: Real life Scenarios in Health Communication. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Companion text to Athena du Pré’s Communicating about Health: Current Issues and Perspectives.
  • Haas, S. M. (in press).  Stigma, heteronormative passing with healthcare providers, and partner health involvement in male same-sex couples.  In J. Theiss & K. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness. Cambridge University Press.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Haas, S.M. (11-2001). Relational communication research on HIV or AIDS: NCA Spotlight on Top Research highlighting 3 of the Top HIV/AIDS Health Communication research programs in the country National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Haas, S. M. (10-2004). The Impact of AIDS Activism on Consumerism in the US Healthcare System Department of Nursing, Xavier Univeristy.
  • Haas, S. M. (03-2003). Relationship Maintenance and the Communicative Management of Uncertainty in Couples Living with HIV or AIDS Department of Sociology Professional Colloquium, University of Cincinnati.
  • Haas, S. M. (01-1999). Patient-Physician Communication: Becoming Your Own Self-Advocate The Chelsea Assisted-Living Residence, East Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • Haas, S. M. (11-2010). AIDS Activism, Patient Self-Advocacy, and Uncertainty Management Theory: Tracing the development of Uncertainty Management Theory. Invited presentation on the NCA President's panel "Honoring the Scholarship of Dale Brashers" at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA..
  • Haas, S. M. (09-2014). Online Negative Enabling Support Groups (ONESGs): Pro-Anorexic Adolescents and Beyond. Invited presentation at the national "Pediatric Evidence-Based Practice 2014 Conference: Evidence Implementation for Changing Models of Pediatric Health Care.” Sponsored by Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio..
  • Haas, S. M. (11-2014). Same-Sex Marriage and Communication at the 100th Anniversary of NCA: Past research and future directions. Top NCA scholars studying same-sex couple communication and same-sex marriage address their research programs and future directions of the field. National Communication Association annual convention, Chicago, IL..
  • Giambra, B., Haas, S. M., Lipstein, E., & Britto, M. (2017, June). Provider-parent communication in the care of children with chronic conditions. Invited presentation at the 15th Annual International Communication, Medicine, and Ethics (COMET) conference hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN..
  • Haas, S. M. (2018, April). Quantitative vs Qualitative Evaluation and Analysis: Improving Provider-Patient Communication and Patient Satisfaction. Invited medical faculty development presentation, American Medical Association 1 Hour Continuing Education PRA Category 1 Credit seminar for the College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati..

Paper Presentations

  • Combs, J., & Haas, S. M. (11-2005). Communication apprehension and self-disclosure, Boston, MA.
  • Haas, S. M. (11-2003). Say what?: Interpersonal interaction issues in health and health-related contexts, Miami, FL.
  • Haas, S, M. (11-2001). Relational communication research on HIV or AIDS: Spotlight on Top Research, Atlanta, GA.
  • Haas, S, M. (11-2001). Exploring issues of frequency of use versus importance in relationship maintenance behaviors, Atlanta, GA.
  • Haas, S, M., & Grossman, B. (11-2001). An initial examination of communicative “passing” strategies by gay and lesbian individuals in healthcare interactions, Atlanta, GA.
  • Haas, S. M. & Holman, D. (11-2001). Relationship maintenance behaviors in African-American married couples, Atlanta, GA.
  • Haas, S. M. (11-2000). Cognitive and affective dimensions of health-related social influence attempts in couples coping with HIV/AIDS, Seattle, WA.
  • Haas, S. M. (11-1999). Relationship maintenance in gay male couples coping with HIV/AIDS, Chicago, IL.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., Haas, S. M., Dobbs, L. K., Cardillo, L. W., & Russell, J. A. (11-1999). Communication in the management uncertainty, Chicago, IL.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., Klingle, R. S., & Neidig, J. L. (07-1999). Collective AIDS activism and individual's perceived self-advocacy in physician-patient communication, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
  • Haas, S. M. (06-1999). Exploring seropositive and seronegative partners’ motivations for relationship initiation in HIV-discordant and concordant couples, Louisville, KY.
  • Haas, S. M. (05-1999). Social support as relationship maintenance in couples coping with HIV/AIDS, San Fransisco.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J., Cardillo, L., Dobbs, L., Russell, J. A., & Haas, S. M. (04-1999). In an important way I did die": Uncertainty and revival in persons living with HIV and AIDS, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., & Neidig, J. L. (11-1998). Information source preferences of ersons living with HIV/AIDS, New York, NY.
  • Stafford, L., Haas, S. M., & Dainton, M. (11-1998). A revision and expansion of Canary and Stafford's relational maintenance scale, New York, NY.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., & Neidig, J. L. (07-1998). Satisfying the argumentative requirements of self-advocacy, Amsterdam.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., Neidig, J. L., & McDonald, M. (06-1998). Information sources used by persons living with HIV/AIDS, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., Dobbs, L., Russell, J., Cardillo, L., & Haas, S. M. (06-1998). Uncertainty and revival for persons living with AIDS, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (11-1997). Relationship maintenance behaviors in same-sex and heterosexual couples: An exploratory comparison, Chicago, IL.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., & Neidig, J. L. (11-1997). AIDS activism and self-advocacy: Encouraging participation in health care decision-making, Chicago, IL.
  • Haas, S. M., Stafford, L., & Brashers, D. E. (07-1997). Relational maintenance strategies in couples coping with HIV/AIDS: A preliminary examination, Washington, D. C..
  • Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (06-1997). Maintenance behaviors in gay and lesbian relationships: Challenging social assumptions, Oxford, OH.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., & Haas, S. M. (11-1996). Managing uncertainty about HIV and AIDS: The role of information seeking, San Diego, CA.
  • Haas, S. M. (11-1996). A critical theory perspective of physician-patient interaction: AIDS activism as both an alternative and oppositional form of resistance to the traditional paternalistic model, San Diego, CA.
  • Neidig, J. L., Brashers, D. E., & Haas, S. M. (10-1996). Managing uncertainty about HIV/AIDS: The role of information seeking and patient involvement in health care, Chicago, IL.
  • Brashers, D. E., Neidig, J. L., Haas, S. M., & McDonald, M. (06-1996). The role of HIV/AIDS patient activism in health care decision making, Vancouver, BC.
  • Brashers, D. E., & Haas, S. M. (05-1996). The Patient Activism Scale: Measuring patient involvement in health care decision making, Chicago, IL.
  • Brashers, D. E., Haas, S. M., & Neidig, J. L. (05-1996). Managing versus coping with HIV/AIDS: Patient involvement in health care decision making II, Chicago, IL.
  • Haas, S. M., & Brashers, D. E. (11-1995). AIDS patient activism: Patient involvement in health care decision making, San Antonio, TX.
  • Haas, S. M. (11-1995). Modern corporations' use of issues management: A pentadic analysis of the implementation stage of the Procter & Gamble Corporation's environmental awareness campaign, San Antonio, TX.
  • Haas, S. M., Irr, M. E., Jennings, N., & Wagner, L. (04-2010). Communicating thin: Stigma and the co-construction of online enabling support groups in the pro-anorexia movement., Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Rankin, A, & Haas, S. M. (04-2010). Doctor-patient communication: Communication skills training and managing uncertainty., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
  • Rankin, A., & Haas, S. M. (05-2011). Parental uncertainty in illness: The struggle for parents to assign meaning to an “orphan” illness.
  • Haas, S. M. (11-2011). Relational Maintenance Behaviors, Religiosity, and Gender Role Orientation in African American Marriages: Incorporation of a Relational Maintenance Religion Scale (RMRS).
  • Whitton, S. W., Haas, S. M., Kuryluk, A. D., & Weitbrecht, E. M. (11-2013). Cohabitation: What does it mean for young same­sex couples and how does it relate to couple and individual well-being? .
  • Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2013). The significance of living together and importance of marriage for same-sex couples..
  • Haas, S. M., Perazzo, J. D., Ruffner, A. H., & Lyons, M. (11-2016). Exploring cultural assumptions, myths, and norms affecting sexual partner HIV communication after 30 years of public education.

Honors & Awards

  • National Communication Association's Health Communication Distinguished Article of the Year Award , 2004. conferred by the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association in recognition of work with a significant impact on the field of health communication. Title: “Communication in the Management of Uncertainty: The Case of Persons Living with HIV or AIDS,”Communication Monographs, 67(1), 63-84..
  • National Communication Association's Golden Anniversary Monograph of the Year Award , 2001. conferred by the National Communication Association recognizing the top article or book published in the Communication discipline in 2000 for “Communication in the Management of Uncertainty: The Case of Persons Living with HIV or AIDS,”Communication Monographs, 67(1), 63-84..
  • National Communication Association's Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award , 2000. conferred by the National Communication Association recognizing the top dissertation in the Communication discipline in 1999 for “Relationship Maintenance in Gay Male Couples Coping with HIV/AIDS.”.
  • International Communication Association's Interpersonal Communication Division's Dissertation of the Year Award , 2000. conferred jointly by the Interpersonal Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association, awarded at ICA’S 2000 annual conference, Acapulco, Mexico, for “Relationship Maintenance in Gay Male Couples Coping with HIV/AIDS.” .
  • NCA Interpersonal Communication Division Top Paper Award for Outstanding Research , 1999. Title: "Relationship Maintenance in Gay Male Couples Coping with HIV/AIDS.” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Interpersonal Communication Division. .
  • NCA Health Communication Division Top Paper Award for Outstanding Research , 1996. Title: “Managing uncertainty about HIV and AIDS: The role of information seeking.” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Health Communication Division..
  • . NCA Monograph of the Year Award, 2017, from the GLBTQ Studies Division of the National Communication Association. Article Title: "The significance of living together and importance of marriage in same-sex couples. (2015). Journal of Homosexuality, 62(9), 1241-1263. .

Experience & Service

Service

  • Division Graduate Student Representative, 1998, Health Communication Division. National Communication Association. Elected officer,
  • Division Secretary, 2002, Interpersonal Communication Division. National Communication Association. Elected officer
  • Division Vice-Chair Elect, 2004, Health Communication Division. National Communication Association. Elected officer
  • Division Vice-Chair & Conference Planner, 2005, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association. Elected officer. Managed submissions, reviews, and planning of 31 Division panels for the annual national conference
  • Division Chair, 2006, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association. Elected officer. (800 division members)
  • Division Immediate Past Chair, 2007, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association
  • Legislative Assembly Representative, 2006, National Communication Association, Health Communication Division,
  • Legislative Assembly Representative, 2007, National Communication Association, Health Commuication Division

Courses Taught

  • 15-COMM-5004
    Health Communication (Capstone)
    Level: Undergraduate
  • 15-COMM-4043
    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Theory
    Level: Undergraduate
  • 15-COMM-450
    Persuasion Theory & Interpersonal Influence
    Level: Undergraduate
  • 15-COMM-7041
    Empirical Communication Research Methods (Social Science/Quantitative/Qualitiative)
    Level: Graduate
  • 15-COMM-7025
    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Research
    Level: Graduate
  • 15-COMM-6043
    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Theory
    Level: Graduate
  • 15-COMM-3039
    Communication Research Methods (Social Science/Quantitative/Qualitiative)
    Level: Undergraduate
  • 15-COMM-4002
    Family Communication
    Level: Undergraduate
  • 15-COMM-8068
    Seminar in Health Communication: Provider-Patient Communication & Caregiving
    Level: Graduate

Additional Information

Dr. Stephen Haas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. His primary areas are Health Communication and Interpersonal/Relational Communication.  His research focuses on communication and uncertainty management, patient self-advocacy in physician-patient communication, and social support in couples/families coping with illness. He teaches courses in Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication Theory, and Research Methods.