Kathy Castle

Kathy Castle
Director of Undergraduate Education and Major Advisor, Interpersonal and Family Health Communication; Assistant Professor of Practice Communication Studies

KATHY CASTLE, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE, DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AND MAJOR ADVISOR, studies interpersonal and family health communication. Kathy’s research is focused on improving the overall physical, mental, and relational health and well being of those experiencing and working within the context of chronic illness. Communicated narrative sense-making is at the heart of her research with a focus on the role that it plays in identity (re)construction as patients, families, and medical providers communicate to make sense of and constitute the experience of chronic illness within a master narrative of restitution that fails to account for chronicity.She has a keen interest in exploring how personal narratives of chronic illness contribute to or detract from health and well-being throughout the chronic illness experience. She is specifically interested in how these narratives are negotiated in relationships to (re)shape identity, illness orientation, access to social support, and ultimately self-management behavior over the course of the intersecting individual, family, and illness transitions that characterize chronic illness.
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CONFERENCE PAPERS AND SHORT COURSES

Castle, K.M., & Koenig Kellas, J. (2016, November). Family communication and communicated narrative sense-making in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Koenig Kellas, J., Castle, K.M., Johnson, A., Cohen, M.Z. (2016, November). Cancer as Communal: Understanding communication and relationships from the perspectives of patients, survivors, family caregivers, and health care providers. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Koenig Kellas, J., Canzona, M.R., Fisher, C.L., Ohs, J., Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Goldsmith, J. Trees, A., Harter, L., Willer, E., Castle, K.M. (2016, November).  Translational research as a civic calling: Applying narrative medicine to family communication research. Panel accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Floyd, K., Wahl, S., Castle, K.M., Simmons, J., & Wang, T.R. (2016. November).  Undergraduate Communication Program Advocacy: Reflections on the "Civic Callings" of Communication Weeks and Visiting Scholar Programs. Panel accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Koenig Kellas, J., Castle, K.M., & Johnson, A. (2014, November). Collaboratively constructing hope: Narratives and hope communication in the context of palliative care. Paper presented as part of the panel entitled Talking to Death: Interpersonal Communication in End-of-Life Contexts at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Chicago, IL.

Castle, K.M. & Soliz, J. (2014, April). Voice of medicine and voice of the lifeworld: Outcomes of physician and patient convergence in the medical encounter. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association in Minneapolis, MN.

Castle, K.M. (2013, April). Discursive tensions inherent in identity work in the construction of the medical professional identity: Understanding provider communication. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association in Kansas City, MO.

Castle, K.M. (2011, November). Enabling student voice through technology: Moving your business and professional communication course online. Short Course presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA.

Castle, K.M., & Krone, K. (2006, November).  Re- conceptualizing Individualization: Negotiating the Dialectics of Success. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. San Antonio, TX.  

REPRESENTATIVE CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Castle, K.M
. & Koenig Kellas, J. (manuscript in preparation). Outcomes of communicated narrative sense-making in women with systemic lupus erythematosus.

 Castle, K.M. (manuscript in preparation). Understanding family identity in women with systemic lupus erythematosus: SLE family myths.

Castle, K.M. (data analysis in progress). Women’s accounts of medical provider communication in the context of systemic lupus erythematosus.

Castle, K.M. (data collected). Traversing chronic illness: The unfolding of a story.

TEACHING
Undergraduate