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Ashley Duggan, Ph.D.

full time faculty - communication department

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Associate Professor

Phone: 617-552-0584

Maloney Hall 548
21 Campanella Way
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Curriculum Vitae

Ashley P. Duggan (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 2003) is Associate Professor in the Communication Department at Boston College where she teaches Health Communication, Research Methods, Relational Communication, and Nonverbal Communication.  Her research is grounded in social science and addresses the intersections of nonverbal and verbal communication processes, health, and relationships.  She holds additional appointments as adjunct faculty in Public Health and Community Medicine and in Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where her connections allow for interdisciplinary research involving large-scale analysis the development of reflective capacity in medicine, the ways reflective practice connects to communication processes in provider/patient interactions, and the ways communication predictors of health disparities vary across patient populations.  She is currently working on projects examining interpersonal control tactics about health behavior in romantic relationships, emotional experience and expression in provider-patient interactions, family communication about illness, and the influence of nonverbal behaviors in shaping conversations about physical and mental health.  She is involved in traditional Communication work and in interdisciplinary work on communication behaviors and health outcomes in provider-patient relationships, in family relationships, and in romantic relationships. 

Dr. Duggan has been awarded 13 “top paper” awards at national and international communication conferences.  Her scholarship has been published in leading communication journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Health Communication, and Health Communication, as well as in international, interdisciplinary journals and edited volumes across disciplines.  She is Associate Editor for Personal Relationships and serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Health Communication, Communication Yearbook, and Communication Research Reports.  She presents her work regularly at national and international conferences in Communication, and in connecting Communication to other disciplines including Medicine/Medical Education, Public Health, and Relationship Research.