Dr Kami A Kosenko
Associate ProfessorScheduling Officer
Dr. Kosenko (PhD, University of Illinois) came to NCSU in 2008 and has taught theory, methods, and applied courses on the undergraduate and graduate level in the Department of Communication. Kosenko's research focuses on the role of communication in the management of stigmatized conditions and identities. Kosenko is particularly interested in sexual communication and its role in HIV/STI primary and secondary prevention. Dr. Kosenko's research has been published in top communication journals, including Communication Monographs, the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, and Health Communication. Kosenko also has published in top-tier biomedical journals, such as AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Medical Care, and the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Kosenko has received top paper awards at national and international conferences and has secured internal and external funding (which includes a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health) to support her work.
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Kosenko is interested in the communicative coping processes of people with stigmatized identities and conditions. Her work focuses on concepts such as stigma, disclosure, social support, safer sex communication, attribution, uncertainty and information management, and STI prevention and management.
Dr. Kosenko's projects have addressed various issues, including:
- Responses to HIV disclosures
- Sources of uncertainty in HPV
- Perceptions of stigma in health care contexts
- Safer sex communication in the transgender community
- Humor usage by HIV care providers
- Uncertainty-provoking messages in online cancer news
- Crime survivor narratives and attribution processes
- Media effects on health behavior
RECENTLY PUBLISHED PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Kosenko, K., & Laboy, J. (2014). “I survived”: The content and forms of trauma narratives.
Journal of Loss and Trauma, 19, 497-513.
Kosenko, K., Harvey-Knowles, J., & Hurley, R. (2014). The information management
processes of women living with HPV. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 813-824.
Kosenko, K., & Laboy, J. (2014). Crime victims’ attributions for survival. Communication
Studies, 65, 39-55.
Kosenko, K., Rintamaki, L., Raney, S., & Maness, K. (2013). Transgender patient perceptions
of stigma in health care contexts. Medical Care, 51, 819-822.
Kosenko, K., Craig, E., & Harvey-Knowles, J. (2012). Helpful and challenging support
encounters in the aftermath of HPV infection and diagnosis. Issues in Mental Health
Nursing, 33, 355-362.
Harvey-Knowles, J., & Kosenko, K. (2012). Diagnosing women with HPV: The impact of
diagnosis disclosure methods. Patient Education and Counseling, 88, 152-156.
Kosenko, K., Hurley, R., & Harvey, J. (2012). Sources of the uncertainty experienced by
women with HPV. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 534-545.
Hurley, R., Kosenko, K., & Brashers, D. (2011). Uncertain terms: Message features of online
cancer news. Communication Monographs, 78, 370-390.
Kosenko, K. (2011). The safer sex communication of transgender adults: Processes and
problems. Journal of Communication, 61, 476-495.
Kosenko, K. (2011). Contextual influences on sexual risk-taking in the transgender community.
Journal of Sex Research, 48, 285-296.
Departmental Scheduling Officer
- PhD in Communication from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008