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Wayne Beach

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Wayne Beach

Professor, Communication
San Diego State University
family communication during illness
how families talk through bulimia and terminal cancer
doctor-patient communication
medical technology, patient connectivity and e-communication
interactional organization of medical interviews


Wayne A. Beach is a professor of communication at SDSU and an associate member of the Cancer Center in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on conversational and institutional interactions and their convergence, including medical interviewing and how families talk through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Beach has pioneered studies on how family members talk through illness dilemmas, including bulimia and terminal cancer, providing innovative approaches to understanding communication in casual and institutional health care contexts. He collaborates with Kaiser Permanente's Department of Preventive Medicine and the Positive Choice Weight Clinic, where emerging studies on provider-patient communication examine how adult health status (e.g. involving obesity and depression) are rooted in adverse childhood experiences and dysfunctional family communication environments. He also conducts research for several start-up companies, focusing on innovations in medical technology, patient connectivity and e-communication. His publications include the interactional organization of medical interviews, claiming insufficient knowledge, conversational storytelling and poetics, initiating, pursuing, and avoiding ownership of wrongdoing, courtroom cross-examination, acknowledgment tokens across cultures, and judges' interactional techniques for maintaining social order in the course of regulating court traffic. Beach received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

School of Communication
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego  California  92182
United States
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