Katrina Pariera

Katrina L. Pariera

Assistant Professor of Communication
Address: 600 21st Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-3728
[email protected]

Katrina Pariera (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Communication, with an additional appointment as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She holds a B.A. in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and an M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. Her research is in health and interpersonal communication, with a focus on issues related to sexual communication and sexual health. She looks at how parents and children talk about sex and how to increase the frequency and quality of these conversations. She also explores social norms about sex and the effect that they have on individuals, families, and couples, and examines how sexual health is portrayed on television. Her work has appeared in Health Communication, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality.


Pariera, K. L. (2016) Barriers and prompts to parent-child sexual communication. Journal of Family Communication. DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2016.1181068

Pariera, K. L. (in press) Understanding mothers’ information-seeking about mother-adolescent sexual communication. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society.

Pariera, K. L. (2016) The communication of sexual norms. In C.M. Noland & J. Manning (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Sexuality & Communication. (pp). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. ISBN: 9781465270245

Meng, J, McLaughlin, M. L., Pariera, K. L., & Murphy, S. T. (2016) A comparison between Caucasians and African Americans in willingness to participate in cancer clinical trials: The roles of knowledge, distrust, information sources and religiosity. Journal of Health Communication, 21(6), 669-677, DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2016.1153760

Pariera, K. L. (2015) Perceived effects of instructional pornography on the self, partner, and others. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 30 (3), 385-400. DOI: 10.1080/14681994.2014.967760

Pariera, K. L., Hether, H. J., Murphy, S. M., de Castro Buffington, S., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2014). Portrayals of reproductive and sexual health on primetime television. Health Communication, 29 (7), 698-706. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2013.774653

Pariera, K. L. (2013). Misperceived social norms about taboo sexual behavior. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 16. Available from http://www.ejhs.org/volume16/Norms.html

Pariera, K. L. (2012). Information literacy on the Web: How college students use visual and textual cues to assess credibility on health websites. Communications in Information Literacy, 6 (1), 34-48.