Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention campaigns
  • Health behavior change theory
  • Media portrayals of health issues
  • Violence prevention
  • Sexual health promotion


Professional Highlights

Membership and Leadership

  • Co-director, Research and Evaluation, Project Empower, VCU Medical Center
  • Institute for Women’s Health IPV/SA Research Development Group
  • Virginia Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Leadership Council
  • Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Project Advisory Committee, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the State of Virginia


  • Early Career Award, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association, 2015
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, 2013
  • Social Behavioral Research Award, VCU Institute for Women’s Health at the 9th Annual Women’s Health Research Day, 2013

Education and Training

  • Graduate Certificate in Medical Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • M.P.H., The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • M.A., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

Selected Publications

Mosavel M, Wilson Genderson M, Ports KA, Carlyle KE. Communication strategies  to reduce cancer disparities: Insights from African-American mother-daughter dyads. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Dec;33(4):400-4. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000161. Epub 2015  Oct 12. PubMed PMID: 26461906.

Burton CW, Carlyle KE. Screening and intervening: evaluating a training program on intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion for family planning and home visiting providers. Fam Community Health. 2015 Jul-Sep;38(3):227-39. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000076. PubMed PMID: 26017001.

Carlyle, K.E., Orr, C., Savage, M.W., & Babin, E.A. (2014). News coverage of intimate partner violence: Impact on prosocial responses. Media Psychology, 17(4), 451-471.

Carlyle, K.E., Scarduzio, J.A., & Slater, M.D. (2014). Media portrayals of female perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Babin, E.A., Palazzolo, K.E., & Rivera, K.D. (2012). Communication skills, social support, and burnout among advocates in a domestic violence agency. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 40, 147-166.

Harris, K.L., Palazzolo, K.E., & Savage, M.W. (2012). ‘I’m not sexist, but . . .’: How ideological dilemmas reinforce sexism in talk about intimate partner violence. Discourse & Society, 23, 643-656.

Babin, E.A., & Palazzolo, K.E. (2012). The relationships between parent communication patterns and sons’ and daughters’ intimate partner violence involvement: Perspectives from parents and young adult children. Journal of Family Communication, 12, 4-21.

Palazzolo, K.E., & Roberto, A.J. (2011). Media representations of intimate partner violence and punishment preferences: Exploring the role of attributions and emotions. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 39, 1-18.

Palazzolo, K.E., Roberto, A.J., & Babin, E.A. (2010). The relationship between parents’ verbal aggression and young adult children’s intimate partner violence victimization and perpetration. Health Communication, 25, 357-364.

Carlyle, K.E., Slater, M.D., & Chakroff, J.L. (2008). Newspaper coverage of intimate partner violence: Skewing representations of risk. Journal of Communication, 58, 168- 186. PMCID: PMC3032440