Deborah Pinçon

Ph.D. Student, 4th Year

Office: Johnston Hall 331
Curriculum Vitae: PDF


M.A., Communication, UW-Milwaukee
B.A., Communication, UW-Milwaukee

Focus of Graduate Studies:

My research interests lie in exploring health communication from an intercultural, environmental, and/or interpersonal perspective focusing on the mental, physical, and spiritual health needs and practices of diverse, marginalized, and underserved populations, at both the individual and group level of analysis. In recent years, I have concentrated on qualitative research in two areas, autism, and the public response to the health threat posed by the Fukushima (311) disaster.

Teaching Interests:

My coursework has prepared me to teach all levels of courses related to health communication at the nexus of intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental communication, and courses related to qualitative methodologies.

Relevant Activities:

  • 2013 Paper reviewer, National Communication Association
  • 2012-2013 Chair of Ph.D. Mentorship Program
  • 2011-2013 Chair, Communication Graduate Department Climate Survey Committee
  • 2010 Paper reviewer, International Communication Association
  • 2009 Department of Communication Teaching Award
  • 2009 Paper reviewer, National Communication Association

Courses Taught:

Commun 320: Nonverbal Communication (2013-2014), UWM
Commun 105: Business and Professional Communication, UWM
Commun 370: Quantitative Methods, as Undergrad TA, UWM
Commun 101: Oral & Interpersonal Communication, NWTC

Recent Research:

DeCloedt -Pinçon, D. (2013, November). Don't Abandon Us: A Qualitative Application of the Ecological Model of Communication in Medical Interactions involving Parents of Children with Autism. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, DC.

DeCloedt -Pinçon, D. (2013, November). Sense Making, Self-Expression, and Counter Discourse: Applying the Functional View of Fatalistic Talk to Analysis of Parents’ Autism Narratives. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, DC.

Morey-Hawkins, J., & DeCloedt-Pinçon, D. (2012, November). New Directions for an Old Problem: Understanding the Nature and Impact of Bullying through Discourse Analysis. Top Student Paper in Peace and Conflict Division presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL.