Dr. Kristen Pecanac
2019 Putnam Scholar
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
About Dr. Kristen Pecanac:
Dr. Pecanac is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing. Dr. Pecanac completed her BS, MS, and PhD in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing and completed 1 year of an Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Pecanac’s research program and overall career goal is to improve communication during treatment decision making in the acute care setting, particularly at the end of life. The ultimate goal of this research is to facilitate engagement in productive conversations that will lead to reduced stress and suffering for patients and their family members.
Dr. Pecanac's goal as a Putnam Scholar will be to advance her training in conversation analysis and use conversation analysis in a mixed-methods study of surrogate decision making at the end of life. This study will improve our understanding of how communication strategies can be linked to surrogate outcomes. Her intent is to identify communicative strategies that promote surrogate participation in decision-making and incorporate these strategies into an intervention.
Douglas W. Maynard, PhD
University of Wisconsin
About Douglas W. Maynard, PhD:
Douglas W. Maynard is the Maureen T. Hallinan WARF Professor, Conway-Bascom Professor, and Harold and Arlene Garfinkel Faculty Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of Bad New, Good News: Conversational Order in Everyday Talk and Clinical Settings (2003), and co-editor (with John Heritage) of Communication in Medical Care: Interaction between Primary Care Physicians and Patients. His current work includes co-editing (again with John Heritage) a volume entitled Harold Garfinkel: Praxis, Social Order, and Ethnomethodology’s Legacies (forthcoming with Oxford University Press), and writing a monograph co-authored with Jason Turowetz on the testing and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD (forthcoming with University of Chicago Press). Other current work deals with end of life conversations in palliative care/oncology. At UW, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on ethnomethodology, on conversation analysis, and on social psychology. Doug is the immediate past president of the International Society for Conversation Analysis.
2019 Putnam Scholar
University of Minnesota
About Brook Cunningham:
I am a general internist, a sociologist, and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Minnesota. As a clinician, I practice internal medicine at the Community-University Health Care Clinic (CUHCC), a federally-qualified health clinic that serves a diverse patient population, most of whom live in poverty. As an educator, I teach first year medical students at the University of Minnesota about race as a social construct and the mechanisms through which racism affects health. I have also begun training internal medicine residents to communicate with their patients about their experiences of racism. In addition, I have been invited to speak about race, racism and health to a variety of local and national groups, including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Minnesota Medical Association, and medical schools around the country. As a researcher, I use mixed methods to examine factors that impede or facilitate health systems’ efforts to address health equity, such as colorblindness, implicit bias, and conceptualizing race as a biological variable. I was recently awarded an NIH NHLBI K23 Mentored Career Development Award to develop and test a feasible, acceptable, and evidence-based method for health care providers to communicate about racism with multigenerational African-American patients.
Dr. Susan Eggly
Wayne State University
About Dr. Susan Eggly:
Dr. Susan Eggly is a Professor in the Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a Scientist in the Population Studies and Disparities Program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in communication studies at Wayne State University. As a communication scientist and health behavior researcher, Dr. Eggly’s research focuses on developing a better understanding and improving patient-physician communication as a way to improve physical and psychosocial health outcomes for patients and their families. She has or has had NIH-funded research in the areas of clinical communication and outcomes related to clinical trials, health disparities, treatment decisions, pain, and parental bereavement. Most of Dr. Eggly’s research involves the systematic analysis of real-time video recordings of clinical interactions with physicians, patients, and patients’ companions, and a true hallmark of her work is her ability to collaborate across disciplines and make creative connections.