Jonathan Pettigrew

Associate Professor
TEMPE Campus


Jonathan Pettigrew is a professor dedicated to promoting health and preventing problem behaviors. His work bridges academic disciplines and communities working to promote positive youth and family development. He has lead research that includes developing culturally appropriate intervention programs, studying how interventions are implemented, and analyzing program outcomes. He has worked on National Institutes of Health-funded projects and served as principal investigator on a Department of State-funded project to reduce substance use and violence among youth in Nicaragua, Central America. He is an affiliated scientist with ASU's REACH Institute. He has published a book on how social support is communicated between stepfathers and adolescent stepsons as well as a number of research articles that appear in the Journal of Adolescent Research, the American Journal of Community Psychology, Health Education, and Prevention Science. 


  • Ph.D. Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University
  • M.A. Applied Communication, Indiana University
  • B.S. Psychology, Angelo State University

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Research Interests

health communication, prevention and intervention science, program implementation, family communication, interpersonal communication

Research Group


Pettigrew, J. & *Gal, D. (invited chapter, forthcoming 2018). Implementing School-Based Programs. In J. D. Pozzulo & C. Bennell (Eds.) Working with Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based and Age-Appropriate Practices. (pp. ##-##). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. 

Pettigrew, J., Segrott, J., *Ray, C. D., & *Littlecott, H. (2018). Social Interface Model: Theorizing Ecological Post-Delivery Processes for Intervention Effects. Prevention Science. doi:10.1007/s11121-017-0857-2

Pettigrew, J., Miller-Day, M., Shin, Y., Krieger, J. L. Hecht, M. L. & Graham, J. W. (2017, online). Parental messages about substances in early adolescence: Extending a model of drug talk styles. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1283565

Pettigrew, J. & Hecht, M. L. (2015). Developing school-based prevention curricula. In K. Bosworth (Ed.) Prevention Science in School Settings: Complex Relationships and Processes (pp. 151-174). New York, NY: Springer.

Pettigrew, J., Graham, J. W., Miller-Day, M., Hecht, M. L., Krieger, J. L., & Shin, Y. (2015). Adherence and delivery: Implementation quality and program outcomes for the Seventh-Grade keepin’ it REAL program. Prevention Science, 16, 90-99. doi: 10.1007/s11121-014-0459-1

Miller-Day, M., Pettigrew, J., Hecht, M. L., Shin, Y., Graham, J., & Krieger, J. (2013). How prevention curricula are taught under real-world conditions: Types of and reasons for teacher curriculum adaptations. Health Education (Special Issue), 113, 324-344, doi: 10.1108/09654281311329259



Spring 2019
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COM 308 Adv Research Methods in Comm
Fall 2018
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COM 411 Communication in the Family
COM 604 Theory Construction in Comm
Spring 2018
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COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 408 Quant Research Meth in Comm
COM 411 Communication in the Family
Fall 2017
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COM 411 Communication in the Family
Spring 2017
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COM 691 Seminar
Fall 2016
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COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 494 Special Topics
COM 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
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COM 411 Communication in the Family
COM 494 Special Topics
Fall 2015
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COM 691 Seminar


  • Visiting Fellow (May 2017), Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • Outstanding Alumni Award (2016), Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Barnett Program Fund for Public Health (May 2012), Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University
  • Carroll C. Arnold Award for Scholarly Excellence (2010-2011), The Pennsylvania State University
  • Schreyer Summer Seminars of The Witherspoon Institute (June 2010), Princeton University
  • National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar (June 2009), West Virginia University

Professional Associations

Society for Prevention Research

European Society for Prevention Research

National Communication Association


Journal Reviewer, Communication Monographs, Prevention Science, Journal of Adolescent Research
Grant Reviewer, Netherlands organization of Health Research and Development (ZonMw)Czech Science Foundation (GAČR)