Amanda J. Young


245 H Art & communication Building
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I joined the Communication Department at the University of Memphis in 2004. Prior to that, I was the director of communication research at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. I teach graduate seminars in health communication, health literacy, and public health communication, as well as undergraduate courses in health communication, healthy literacy, communication ethics, and communication inquiry. I use qualitative methods to study patient/provider communication, informed consent and health literacy, particularly sickle cell disease and other chronic illnesses.


Ph.D., Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University
M.A., Technical and Professional Writing, Eastern Washington University
B.S., English Composition, Davis and Elkins College

Sample Publications

Young, A. J., Richardson, F., Fitzgerald, D., . . .Grant, C. (2020). Let their voices be seen: using photovoice to understand the experiences of sickle cell patients in the emergency department. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 76(3); S73-S77.

Young, A. J., & Kim, L. (2018). Moving toward patient autonomy: A case study of communication in adolescent cystic fibrosis care. ACLP Bulletin, 36(1), 24-33.

 Young, A. J., Stephens, E., & Goldsmith, J. V. (2017). Family caregiver communication in the ICU: Toward a relational view of health literacy. Journal of Family Communication, 17(2), 137-152. DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2016.1247845

Young, A. J. (2016). Breathe. Health Communication 31(9), 1174-1177. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1032852.

 Young, A. J, Kim, L., Li S., Baker, J., Schmidt, M., Camp, J. W., & Barfield, R. C. (2010). Agency and communication challenges in discussion of informed consent in pediatric cancer research. Qualitative Health Research 20; 628-64