M. Elise Radina

Elise RadinaAssociate Dean - Faculty Development and Graduate Studies, Professor

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Curriculum Vitae



Academic Background

University of Missouri
Post Doctoral Fellowship 2003
Department of Family and Community Medicine Sinclair School of Nursing
Department of Health & Human Services Institutional National Research Fellow

University of Missouri
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies 2002
Minor: College Teaching

Miami University 1998
M.S., Family and Child Studies (Family Life Education)

Allegheny College 1996
B.A., International Women’s Studies
Minor: Spanish

Professional Experience


Associate Dean 2020-present Faculty Development and Graduate Studies, Miami University
Chair 2016-2020 Department of Family Science and Social Work, Miami University
Professor 2014-present Department of Family Science and Social Work, Miami University

Certified Family Life Educator: National Council on Family Relations (2005-present)

Adjunct Courtesy Professor 2013-present
College of Nursing, Vanderbilt University Fellow 2013-present
Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University Adjunct Courtesy Faculty Member 2008-present
Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri Affiliate 2008-present
Department of Global & Intercultural Studies (Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program) Miami University Associate 2005-present
Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology Miami University PAST FACULTY POSITIONS Associate Professor 2009-2014
Department of Family Studies and Social Work, Miami University Assistant Professor 2005-2009 Department of Family Studies and Social Work, Miami University Assistant Professor 2003-2005 Department of Design, Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Northern Iowa

Honors, Awards & Grants

Mid-American Conference Leadership Fellow 2018-2019
Spotlight Partner 2018 Inaugural Student Life Academic Partners Reception
Delp Outstanding Faculty Member Award 2016
Faculty Commendation 2010-12, 2014-18
Miami University Center for Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment
Miami University Top 100 Faculty and Staff 2010
Outstanding Professor Award Nominee 2009-2010
Miami University Women’s Leadership Award Nominee 2009
Women’s Leadership Symposium & Celebration, Miami University

Edited Books

Humble, A., & Radina, M. E. Eds. (2018). How qualitative data analysis happens: Moving beyond “themes emerged.” Routledge.

EDITORSHIPS - Journal of Family Theory and Review

Guest Co-Editor (with A. Humble and A. Rauer)  Special Issue: Theoretical Innovations in Family Gerontology (2020)

Guest Co-Editor (with A. Zvonkovic and E. A. Sharp)  Special Issue: Qualitative Methodology, Research, and Theory in Family Studies (2012)

Journal Articles

Rauer, A., Humble, A. M., & Radina, M. E. (2020). Introduction to the special issue on theorizing in family gerontology: Beyond broad strokes to the finer details. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 12(2), 121-125.  doi:10.1111/jftr.12377

Radina, M. E., & Sharp, E. A. (2019). Student and faculty experiences of qualitative research methods courses in family science. Family Science Review, 23(1), 54-77. http://familyscienceassociation.org/sites/default/files/4%20-%20Radina%20-%20final.pdf

Radina, M.E., *Deer, B., *Herriman, R., *Jagpal, A., *Dodd, M., *Kawamura, K., & *Clark, L. (2019). Elucidating emotional closeness within the theory of health-related family quality of life: Evidence from breast cancer survivors. BMC Research Notes, 12, Article # 312DOI: 10.1186/s13104-019-4354-5

Ginter, A., & Radina, M. E. (2019). “I Was There with Her”: Experiences of mothers of breast cancer patients. Journal of Family Nursing, 25(1), 54-80. https://doi.org/10.1177/1074840718816745

Roberts, A., de Schutter, B., *Franks, K., & Radina, M. E. (2018). Older adults’ experiences with virtual reality: Anticipated usefulness and the importance of preferences. Clinical Gerontologist, 42(1).


Radina, M. E. (2017). Sisterhood and sexual assault: Engaging sorority members in dialogue, critical analysis, and feminist praxis. Family Relations, 66(1), 126-138. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12234



Dr. M. Elise Radina is a Professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work at Miami University. She is a qualitative methodologist whose research focuses broadly on families and health. Dr. Radina’s research primarily focuses on mid and later life women in family contexts (e.g., breast cancer survivorship, positive aging, breast cancer-related lymphedema). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her work has appeared in Cancer Nursing, Family Relations, the Journal of Family Nursing, Nursing Research, and the Journal of Family Theory & Review. She serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Family Theory & Review. Her co-edited book published by Taylor & Francis, Real Stories of How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens: Moving Beyond “Themes Emerged” (with A. Humble) was published in 2018


FSW/WGS 361: Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change
UNV 101: I Am Miami!
WGS 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies (special section reserve for sorority women)
FSW 466/566: Adulthood and Aging

CHDLT Associate 

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In the News

The Family Science Behind Chronic Illness - with Elise Radina

Elise Radina currently oversees a comprehensive research effort to understand how the diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of breast cancer impacts family life.