B.A., 1979, Davis and Elkins College
M.A., Eastern Washington University
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Amanda Young came to the University of Memphis in 2004 after five years at the VA
Pittsburgh Healthcare System, where she conducted health communication research in
geriatrics. She is particularly interested in the rhetorical construction of agency
in healthcare discourse, which she has studied in numerous contexts, including emergency
room care, end-of-life care among elderly veterans, decision making among adolescents
in two areas (reproductive health and congenital heart disease), and veterinary care.
Most recently her work has centered on informed consent and assent in pediatric cancer
research, and patient/provider communication on a medical surgical floor in an urban
She has received funding from the Veterans Health Administration, National Institutes
of Health, The Greenwall Foundation, Memphis/Shelby County Health Department, and
the University of Memphis. Additionally, Dr. Young is an affiliate faculty member
of the Center for the Study of Rhetoric and Applied Communication, the Center for Research on Women, and the Community Health Center.
Senior Seminar in Rhetoric and Applied Communication
Graduate Seminar in Health Communication
Graduate Seminar in Rhetoric
“Challenges Faced by Research Ethics Committees in El Salvador: Results From a Focus
Group Study.” Developing World Ethics (OnlineEarly Articles, 2007): doi:10.1111/j.1471-8847.2007.00225.x.
With Jonathan Camp, Raymond Barfield, Virginia Rodriguez, Ruthbeth Finerman, and Miguela
“Keeping Users at the Center: Developing A Multimedia Interface For Informed Consent.”
Special Issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on Online Health Communication,
Amy Koerber and Brian Still, Eds. In Press, 2008. With Loel Kim, Robert Neimeyer,
Raymond Barfield, and Justin Baker.
“Polypharmacy and Health Beliefs in Older Outpatients.” The American Journal of Geriatric
Pharmacotherapy. 5.4 (2007): 317-323. With Michelle Rossi, Keri Rodriguez, Cathleen
Appelt, Robert Maher, Jospeh Hanlon, S. Perera, and Emily Hajaar.
“African American Veterans’ Experiences With Mobile Geriatric Care.” Journal of Health
Care for the Poor and Underserved 18 (2007): 44-53. With Keri Rodriguez, Cathleen
Appelt, and Andrea Fox.
“Elderly Veterans' Beliefs Concerning Life-Sustaining Treatment And The Control Of
Their End-Of-Life Health And Health Care.” Journal of Aging and Health 18.5 (2006):
686-706. With Keri Rodriguez.
“Patients' Perceptions of the Utility or Futility of End-of-Life Treatment.” Journal
of Medical Ethics. Thematic Issue: Multidisciplinary research in medical ethics:32
(2006): 444-449. With Keri Rodriguez.
“The Role of Narrative in End-of-Life Care: Eliciting Values and Goals From Text,
Subtext, and Context.” Health Communication 19.1 (2006): 49-59. With Keri Rodriguez.
“Patients’ and Healthcare Providers’ Understandings of Life-Sustaining Treatment:
Are Perceptions of Goals Shared or Divergent?” Social Science and Medicine 62.1 (2006):
125-133. With Keri Rodriguez.
“Perspectives of Elderly Veterans Regarding Communication with Medical Providers about
End-of-Life Care.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 8 (2005): 534-544. With Keri Rodriguez.
“Meaning and Agency in Discussing End-of-Life Care: A Study of Elderly Veterans’ Values
and Interpretations.” Qualitative Health Research 13.8 (2003): 1-24. With Terri Ofori-Boeteng,
Keri Rodriguez, and Judith Plowman.
“Patients as Partners; Patients as Problem Solvers.” Health Communication, 14.1 (2002):
69-98. With Linda Flower.
“The Rhetoric of Fraud in Breast Cancer Trials: Manifestations in Medical Journals
and the Mass Media — and Missed Opportunities. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication,
28.1 (1998): 39-61. With Michael Zerbe and Edward Nagelhout.