Vanessa Gette-Heeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Vanessa Heeman


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Vanessa Gette-Heeman is an Assistant Professor of Communication who specializes in interpersonal/relational communication. Her research focuses on family and health communication. For example, her most recent study examined how parents communicate with their preschool-aged children about nutrition and the effects for preschoolers’ eating patterns. Professor Gette-Heeman has over ten years of experience as an instructor. She views teaching as her favorite part of being a professor! She spends her free time with her family and likes to be outdoors as much as possible.


  • B.A., Lock Haven University
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • Ph.D., Kent State University

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal/Relational Communication
  • Family/Parent-Child Communication
  • Health Communication