Marie C. Haverfield

Marie C. Haverfield, PhD

VA Health Services Research and Development Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research
Encina Hall, Room E010
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6019
(408) 375-6966 (voice)

Research Interests

My research focuses on examining communication patterns in high risk settings and the effects these patterns have on individual outcomes. My earlier work has explored how family communication patterns are shaped by the stressors introduced by an alcoholic family member and the role of communication in bolstering resilience among children of alcoholics. In past studies I have employed a mixed-method approach, incorporating survey data, coded interactions, and biomarker tools to facilitate a comprehensive view of communication behavior and effects. My current work examines communication patterns among health care providers, family members, and patients who are undergoing treatment in the Veterans Affairs health care network. General areas of study include interpersonal communication, family interaction, and health communication.


Received a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters in Communication Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. I went on to receive my PhD in Family and Health Communication from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. I have about 10 years teaching experience at the collegiate level instructing courses in communication processes, relational communication, and family communication.