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Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Communication
George Mason University
Paula Baldwin is a first year doctoral student in George Mason University's Health Communication program. At the master's level, she focused on interpersonal communication. For the last three years, Paula has worked with a national interdisciplinary research group that focuses on end-of-life communication issues. In addition, during the last year of her master’s program, she worked on a year-long children's bereavement project in association with Dr. Keeley of Texas State University-San Marcos. Her research interests center on the intersection of health, climate change and culture. Currently, Paula is a Graduate Research Assistant on a National Science Foundation grant examining broadcast meteorologists' best practices to effectively communicate about climate change science. In June, she will be presenting her first international paper in Scotland and then heading off to Greece for a part of the summer to further explore multicultural perspectives in health. To date, Paula is author or co-author on six publications with two book chapters and two journal articles in review. Paula is author or co-author on two papers being presented at the Eastern Communication Association’s annual conference. She was a guest speaker at the Baltimore Regional Sustainability Symposium in March 2010 and she was recently honored for her outstanding scholarship by being nominated by her Communication Department for the George Mason University’s 2010-2011 Dean’s Challenge award.
BA ('07), Communication with emphasis on Public Relations, University of Texas at San Antonio
MA ('09), Communication Studies, Texas State University
Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Parker Oliver, D., Demiris, G., & Baldwin, P. (In Press). The ACTive intervention in hospice interdisciplinary team meetings: Exploring family caregiver and hospice team communication. Submitted to the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication on E-health.
Villagran, M. M., Goldsmith, J., Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Baldwin, P. & Sanchez-Reilly, S. (In Press). Creating COMFORT: A communication-based model for breaking bad news in healthcare interactions. Submitted to Communication Education.
Parker Oliver, D., Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Demiris, G., Washington, K., Baldwin, P., & Regehr, K. (Under Review). Participation of family on hospice interdisciplinary teams: The nursing home experience. Submitted to Research in Gerontological Nursing in July, 2009.
Wittenberg-Lyles, E. M., Parker Oliver, D., Demiris, G., & Baldwin, P. (2009) Exploring videophone communication between hospice teams and family caregivers during interdisciplinary team meetings. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Baldwin, P., Parker Oliver, D. & Demiris, G. (2008). Communication dynamics in hospice teams: Understanding the role of the chaplain in interdisciplinary team collaboration. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 11, 10, 1330-1335.
Baldwin, P. (2006) Martha Stewart: From Leona Helmsley to folk heroine. In M. G. Adams, & A. Alkhafaji (Eds.), Business Research Yearbook. (pp. 607-702). Beltsville, MD: The International Academy of Business Disciplines.