The way we talk about sex is inextricably linked to our knowledge, attitudes, relationships, and ultimately our own health choices.  The primary purpose of my research program is to untangle the complexities of how we talk about sexual health, and apply this knowledge to real world problems in collaboration with other scholars. Please see below for a list of some of my published and presented work.

Selected Peer Reviewed Published Works

Pariera, K. L. (2018) Replication of a rank-framed social norms experiment. Communication Studies, 69, 263-271. DOI:

Pariera, K. L., & Brody, E. (2018) “Talk more about it:” Emerging adults’ attitudes about how and when parents should talk about sex. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 15 (2) 219-229.

Pariera, K. L. & McCormack, T. A. (2017) “Why can’t we just have sex?” An analysis of anonymous questions about sex asked by ninth graders. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 12 (3), 277-296. DOI: 10.1080/15546128.2017.1359801

Pariera, K. L. (2017) The influence of humor and amusement on mother-adolescent sexual communication. International Journal of Humor Research, 30 (3), 323-345. DOI: 10.1515/humor-2016-0046

Pariera, K. L. (2016) Barriers and Prompts to Parent Child Sexual Communication copy. Journal of Family Communication.

Pariera, K. L. (2016) Understanding mothers’ information-seeking about mother-adolescent sexual communication. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 6 (4), 23-33.

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

Pariera, K. L., Murphy, S. T. Meng, J., & McLaughlin, M. L. (in press) Exploring willingness to participate in clinical trials by ethnicity. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities, DOI: 10.1007/s40615-016-0280-6.

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. Journal of Health Communication.

Pariera, K. (2014) Perceived effects of pornography on the self, partner, and others. Sexual and Relationship Therapy (2015).

Pariera, K., Hether, H.J., Murphy, S.M., de Castro Buffingon, S., and L. Baezconde-Garbanati. (2014). Portrayals of reproductive and sexual health on prime-time television. Health Communication. 29(7), 698-706.

Pariera, K. (2013). Misperceived social norms about taboo sexual behaviors. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 16. Retrieved from

Pariera, K. (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, 34-48. doi: 10.7548/cil.v6i1.184

Selected Conference Presentations

Pariera, K. L. (2015). The Effect of Humor and Attitudes on Mothers’ Information-Seeking About Sexual Communication. The Fifth International Conference on Health, Wellness, and Society. Madrid, Spain.

Pariera, K. (2013) Understanding parent-child communication about sex to promote positive teen sexual health outcomes. The D.C. Health Communication conference. Fairfax, Virginia. March, 2013. (Recipient of Top-Rated Student Translational Research Award)

Pariera, K. (2012) “Reproductive and Sexual Health Portrayals on Prime-Time Television.” The Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association. Phoenix, AZ.

Pariera, K. (2011) “Perceptions of Educational Pornography and Its Influence on the Self and Others.” The Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Houston, TX.



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