Department of Communication Studies
My research interests are in the intersection of family, culture, and health communication. [read more=’Read more’ less=’Read less’] I publish regularly on topics such as children’s health, end-of-life communication, disability, and qualitative research methods. I have published over 50 academic books, journal articles, book chapters, and other publications and has received numerous research awards. I specifically study people with illnesses and conditions that are incurable as they face revisions in their personal identity and narrative and negotiate the liminal spaces between ‘well’ and ‘unwell,’ alive and dead, and power and marginalization. I am the author of Death: The Beginning of a Relationship (2010); Conversations about Qualitative Communication Research: Behind the Scenes with Leading Scholars (2014); Communicating Hope: An Ethnography of a Children’s Mental Health Care Team (2014); and Focus Groups: Applying Communication Theory through Design, Facilitation, and Analysis; and is lead author of Talking through Death: Communicating about Death in Interpersonal, Mediated, and Cultural Contexts (2018) and Straight Talk about Communication Research Methods (3rd edition, 2017)..
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