PhD, Health Communication, 2013, University of South Florida
MA, Communication, 2009, Central Michigan University
BA, Communication, 2007, Central Michigan University
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.
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.
Southern States Communication Association, Applied Communication Division Officer,