Phokeng Motsoasele Dailey

Assistant Professor of Communication


Ph.D., Communication, The Ohio State University (Specializations: Health Communication; Interdisciplinary Global Health)

M.A., Communication, The Ohio State University

B.Sc., Education, Ohio Dominican University


Dr. Dailey is an assistant professor of communication at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is originally from Lesotho, a small country entirely land-locked by South Africa. Her program of research covers issues pertaining to health disparities among immigrant, refugee, and other minoritized populations in the areas of sexually transmitted infection (STI), cancer prevention and cancer treatment decision-making. Her work has primarily been focused on assessing the  role of culture, identity and social norms in health decision-making.

Dr. Dailey has conducted invited talks with physicians and other health care providers specializing in pediatric and adolescent medicine at both Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Franklin County Public Health Department (Columbus, OH) regarding effective strategies for increasing adolescent HPV vaccination and asthma control compliance among parents. She also received top paper awards for her work on cancer clinical trial decision-making among rural, Appalachian patients, caregiver involvement in patient cancer treatment decisions, and parental decision-making about the HPV vaccine among Somali parents. Dr. Dailey currently teaches Health Communication, Communication Theory, Media Effects & Society and Introduction to Organizational Communication.

Prior to making the decision to enter the academy, Dr. Dailey worked in visual merchandising, creative branding, marketing and PR. She has technical experience with  copywriting, and the use of emerging technologies in creative messaging and/or corporate branding.


DAILEY, P. M. (IN PRESS). TV’s Black women medical professionals: Sapphires & mammies with a stethoscope. In L.T. Brackett (Ed) Working While Black: Essays on Television Portrayals of African American Professionals. McFarland Press.

Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., DAILEY, P. M., Krok-Schoen, J. L., Rhodes, N., & Krieger, J. L. (2017). Patient perceptions of illness identity in cancer clinical trial decision-making. Health Communication. Prepublished online June 16, 2017. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1331189

Holt, L. F., Hovick, S. R., Fete, E., & DAILEY, P.M. (2017). Taking a closer look at the factors that influence ethnic identity. Communication Studies, 68(2), 227-241. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2017.1303620

Krieger, J. L., Krok-Schoen, J. L., DAILEY, P. M., & Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Schoenberg, N., Paskett, E.D., & Dignan, M. (2017). Distributed cognition in cancer treatment decision-making: An application of the DECIDE family decision-making styles typology. Qualitative Health Research, 27(8), 1146-1159.

Krok-Schoen J. L, Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., DAILEY, P. M., Wojno, J. C., & Krieger, J. L. (2016). Age differences in cancer treatment decision making and social support. Journal of Aging and Health, Prepublished online February 5, 2016. doi: 10.1177/0898264316628488

DAILEY, P. M., & Krieger, J. L. (2015). Communication and US-Somali immigrant human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine decision-making. Journal of Cancer Education, 32(3), 516-521. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0959-0

Hovick, S. R., Bevers, T. B., Vidrine, J. I., Kim, S., DAILEY, P. M., Jones, L. A., & Peterson, S. K. (2015). User perceptions and reactions to online cancer risk assessment tools: A process evaluation of cancer risk check. Journal of Cancer Education. doi:

Krok-Schoen, J. L., Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., DAILEY, P. M., & Krieger, J. L. (2015). The conceptualization of self-identity among residents of Appalachia Ohio. Journal of Appalachian Studies, 21(2), 229-246.

Krieger, J. L., Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Krok-Schoen, J. L., DAILEY, P. M., Wojno, J. C., Schoenberg, N., Paskett, E.D., & Dignan, M. (2015). Caregiver perceptions of their influence on cancer treatment decision-making: Intersections of language, identity, and illness. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 34, 640-656. doi: 10.1177/0261927X15587556

Krieger, J. L., Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., DAILEY, P. M., Krok-Schoen, J. C., Schoenberg, N., &
Paskett, E.D. (2015). Comprehension of randomization and uncertainty in cancer clinical trials decision-making among rural, Appalachian patients. The Journal of Cancer Education, 30(4), 743-748. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0789-0

Palmer-Wackerly, A. L., Krok, J. L., DAILEY, P. M., Kight, L., & Krieger, J. L. (2014). Community engagement as a process and an outcome of developing culturally grounded health communication interventions: An example from the DECIDE project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53(3-4), 261-274. doi: 0.1007/s10464-013-9615-1