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Kathleen Galvin, Northwestern University

Kathleen Galvin

Kathleen Galvin is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University; she also served as Associate Dean of the School of Communication for thirteen years.  Her current research interests are focused in the following areas –discourse-dependent families and family communication regarding health. The former addresses the issues of non-traditional families formed to some degree through communication. Her studies have focused on families formed through transnational/transracial adoption and on gay male parenting. Currently she is involved in three health-related studies. These include an examination of how families talk about genetic disease, specifically hemochromatosis, how pediatric cancer impacts adult survivors and their parents, and decision making in families faced with a female child's cancer diagnosis that threatens her fertility. The final project is part of a multi-university NIH grant led by Teresa Woodruff of Northwestern University.  Galvin is the author or editor of several books including Making Connections:  Readings in Relational Communication (5th Edition, Oxford University Press) and Family Communication:  Cohesion and Change (6thEdition, Allyn & Bacon) as well as numerous articles in peer-review journals such as Patient Education and CounselingJournal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, and the Journal of Family Communication.


Kathleen Galvin's webpage


Daena Goldsmith, Lewis & Clark College

Daena Goldsmith

Daena J. Goldsmith is Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Media Studies at Lewis and Clark College.  Prior to this, she was a faculty member at the University of Illinois (where she served as Director of Graduate Studies) and University of Maryland.  Professor Goldsmith studies how we enact identities and relationships through what we say and how we say it. She focuses on interactions from everyday life, including the conversations we have with a spouse or partner, the advice we give to friends and family, and the stories we tell face-to-face and online.  Her recent work has examined these issues in couples in which one person is coping with a serious health condition such as heart disease or cancer. For example:

  • How can you encourage your partner to exercise or eat a healthful diet without sounding like a nag?
  • How do couples talk about fears related to illness and treatments?
  • Under what conditions is social support from friends and family helpful in coping with illness?

She is just beginning a new project that focuses on stories by mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder.  Professor Goldsmith is the author of two books:  Managing health and illness: Communication, relationships, and identity (2009, Routledge, co-authored with Dale Brashers), and Communicating Social Support (2004, Cambridge University Press) as well as numerous articles in peer-review journals such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, and Social Science and Medicine.  Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.


Daena Goldsmith's webpage


Shannon Oates, IU Health Arnett

Dr. Oates is truly interested in helping her patients learn to live well with chronic disease and is passionate about patient education. She appreciates technology that serves patients and their doctors well. Her goal is to keep you and your family’s needs a primary goal while providing excellent care. Dr. Oates is married and has four children and a lovely mixed breed dog named Buford.


Chris Segrin, University of Arizona

Chris SegrinChris Segrin (Ph.D. 1990, University of Wisconsin) is a behavioral scientist whose specialty is interpersonal relationships and mental health. His research focuses on social skills, relationship development and satisfaction, and such problems as depression, anxiety, loneliness, and marital distress. This research can be found in journals such as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Communication Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. He is author of the books Interpersonal Processes in Psychological Problems (2001, Guilford Press) and Family Communication (2005, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers). Professor Segrin was also the editor of the journal Communication Theory from 2003-2005. In addition to his appointment in the Department of Communication, Professor Segrin is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Family Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arizona, Professor Segrin was on the faculty of the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He teaches classes in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, persuasion, marriage and family, and research methods. Professor Segrin has been the recipient of six teaching awards from the University of Wisconsin, University of Kansas, and University of Arizona. Recently he has been conducting research studies on the intergenerational transmission of divorce, how social skills deficits make people vulnerable to depression, and why lonely people have more health problems. In addition, Professor Segrin has recently conducted a number of studies with colleagues at the U of A College of Nursing to develop methods for improving quality of life (e.g., depression, anxiety, relationship satisfaction, social support) for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and their partners, as well as for men with prostate cancer and their partners. This research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Oncology Nursing Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.

Chris Segrin's webpage


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