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Patrick Dillon

Patrick Dillon
Assistant Professor

Degrees Held

PhD, Health Communication, 2013, University of South Florida
MA, Communication, 2009, Central Michigan University
BA, Communication, 2007, Central Michigan University

Academic Summary

I joined the Department of Communication in 2013, after completing my doctorate in Health Communication at the University of South Florida. Grounded in the ethnographic tradition, my research explores the intersection of culture, structure, marginalization and health communication. I focus on how large-scale social, political, and economic configurations influence meanings and actions related to health, particularly in the realm of racial/ethnic health disparities. In some of my recent projects, I have explored the role of social discrimination and government health policy in perpetuating disparate access to quality end-of-life medical care, the construction of morality and personal responsibility in primary care medical interviews, and community-based strategies for addressing racial/ethnic disparities in new HIV/AIDS infections. My work appears in journals such as Health Communication, Communication and Medicine, Journal of Family Communication, and Southern Communication Journal. I am also a contributing author to the forthcoming book, Communication and Health Disparities.

My teaching history includes courses in health communication, family communication, interpersonal communication, and qualitative research methods.

Courses Taught

Health Communication
Senior Capstone

Major Publications

Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (In press). HIV/AIDS and minority men who have sex with men: A meta-ethnographic synthesis of qualitative research. Health Communication.

Dillon, P. J., & Basu, A. (In press). Culture-centered health communication: Addressing HIV/AIDS in a sex worker community. Dutta, M., & Kreps, G. L. (Eds.), Communication and health disparities. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Dillon, P. J. (2012). Assessing the influence of patient participation in primary care medical interviews on recall of treatment recommendations. Health Communication, 27, 58-65.

Dillon, P. J., Roscoe, L. A., & Jenkins, J. J. (2012). African Americans and hospice care: Making decisions about enrollment. The Howard Journal of Communications, 23, 175-193.

Dillon, P. J. (2011). Moral accounts and membership categorization in primary care medical interviews. Communication & Medicine, 8, 211-221.

Honors & Awards

Dissertation Research Fellowship, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life at the University of South Florida, 2012.

Health Communication Summer Doctoral Fellowship, Cancer Communication Research Center and National Cancer Institute, 2011.

Professional Activity

Southern States Communication Association, Applied Communication Division Officer, 2013-present

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